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Hit formula, flop collection: Bollywood, what’s going wrong?

Hit formula, flop collection: Bollywood, what’s going wrong?

Tamasha and Baar Baar Dekho

With much hullabaloo, Sidharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif starrer time travel romance ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ was released this Friday, and to our utmost surprise, did not create the magic that we expected it to, on its first day and weekend. The movie had everything that one could dream of in a beautiful romantic comedy; picturesque locales, two gorgeous looking people, talented supporting cast, and chartbuster music. Not only this, but the lead pair left no stone unturned as they travelled from city to city, giving interviews at a stretch, as the relentlessly promoted their movie. Even after that, if a movie which was awaited with much ardour, fails to perform well financially, it’s time to introspect a little. Where are we, the fans going wrong as a viewer, or where are the makers going wrong, as presenters of a concept?

Not too long back, something similar happened with the Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer superhero flick, ‘A Flying Jatt’. The movie had everything working in its favour and the makers and actors had created a terrific buzz with ‘Beat Pe Booty’ challenge, and also amongst the kids who were really looking forward to watching a Jatt superhero with all his adorable gimmicks. Sadly, the movie failed to take off and the superhero fell flat on his face. What was amiss, when everything seemed to be going in the favour of makers?

One thing which we think might be ‘word of mouth’. Like it works well in case of lesser-known movies, the reverse is true in case of big-budget movies too. These flicks take the expectations of viewers rocket high, and when those are not met, gradually a negative ‘word of mouth’ spreads, bringing down the collections. At least that’s what has transpired in case of ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ where critics and audience both have extremely mixed reactions. While some have loved the movie, others have hated it. Mind you, this is not a difference of mass and class audience. While people have loved the concept, they have bashed the execution. What exactly went wrong here, well the makers will have to point that out themselves. Similarly, in case of ‘A Flying Jatt’, flying expectations were what took this superhero down. Had there been a decent buzz, maybe people would have actually liked it.

There are many such examples of the past, where movies had everything going into their favour, from the trailer, to songs, to the good looks of the lead, and the anticipation of the audience. Still, they tanked. However, in case of these movies, while the makers and actors poured in their heart and soul from scratch to finish, the audience discarded them. Aishwarya Rai-Randeep Hooda starrer ‘Sarbjit’ and Ranbir KapoorDeepika Padukone starrer ‘Tamasha’ are perfect examples. While ‘Sarbjit’ had viewers hooked from the trailer itself, and had the promotions going the right way, with a heart-wrenching story to tell, ‘Tamasha’ was a beautiful story woven by Imtiaz Ali, with tracks that are crooned till now, and performances that touched our heart. But alas, we feel that here, we as audience failed these two masterpieces as we were more engrossed in making the masala movies a blockbuster.

Anyway, ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ still has a long way to go before any verdict can be put on that, and we really hope that it garners at least a per cent of expected collection, if not all. ‘M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story’, ‘Shivaay’, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ are just some of the many movies that are coming this year, where expectations are not just huge, they are humongous enough to blow the lids off! We really hope that the movies turn out to be as good as the buzz that has been created around them. At the same time, we also hope that this time we as audience would give preference to performances and screenplay, rather than just good looks and star power, which mints money on box office, while the hard work of many talented film-makers goes wasted.

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STOP judging the misery of Bollywood stars. They're as humane as we are

Imagine a situation when you wake up one fine morning, have your cuppa of coffee and then grab up a newspaper in your hand, only to see a BREAKING scandal on the first page which is all about YOU. What would be your reaction? You’ll be shocked and paranoid, right?

The same goes for our Bollywood celebrities too.

They are famous, and we think that they are over-privileged, and so, we rob them of all the humanity we pride ourselves upon. We forget that Bollywood celebrities might also get the same feeling of helplessness when they are pulled into a puddle without any reason; for those just for the sake news. The point we want to prove here is that, we literally rely on the lives of our Bollywood celebrities; what they eat? where are they vacationing/partying? she was so fake during that interview?, and we so love it.

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But on a franker note, do we really know when to not cross the line? Let’s talk about a recent example, that of megastar Amitabh Bachchan. When many media houses reported (not us) that Senior Bachchan had been admitted to Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai; but the truth was something else. The star had actually visited the hospital for a routine check-up as he was complaining about a pain in his lumbar. Later, Big B penned down a poem in Hindi which explained that while he totally understands the photographers’ need for his pictures to continue their work and it is just part of their profession, those camera flashes may act hazardous at times, especially to the eyes, which is why he hid his face with a hat. PERIOD! Have a look at his heartfelt poem below:

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That’s just one of the example, when a problem of a star was not at all sympathised, but was churned into a BREAKING news.

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Even actress Preity Zinta recently became the catch for many media portals when the dimpled beauty was snapped exiting a hang-out spot in Mumbai wearing a ill-fitted dress. And then what, there were speculations that Is Preity Zinta pregnant and is that a Baby bump she is flashing? Like really peeps, now a actress can’t even wear a loose clothing piece, does everything needs to be oh-so gossip tuned?

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When Deepika Padukone talked about her depression story, without a doubt there were fans who sympathised the lady. But over time, there were also many who pointed out the credibility of her confession. Questions were raised and statements were thrown at her which in a gist meant that being a lady who enjoyed so much fame and money, how could she claim of suffering from depression. Clearly, such people just proved their ignorance of the fact that Depression is not just a verb, but actually a mental illness which can claim anyone, irrespective of status, wealth, talent and beauty.

How fickle and heartless we are as audience. We claim to be head over heels in love with our stars and yet when it comes to such times and things, we leave no chance to take a jibe at them.

Few months back Aishwarya Rai Bachchan paid the price of being a celebrity, when paparazzi zoomed and clicked some tacky snaps of the star when she had visited Manish Malhotra‘s residence for dinner, along with her hubby. But instead of being supportive and taking Aish’s side, social media took pleasure out of those GROSS photos. We wouldn’t have reacted the same way if it would have happened with someone close to us, right?

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Yesterday, a media portal bashed Sonakshi Sinha with her choice of ensembles which she wore during her film’s promotion. While we do get that everything cannot be sugar-coated, but we do need to be subtle in the way that even celebs as humans get what we are trying to say.

Forget sympathy, where is the empathy?

Are we affirming the fact that celebrities are rich and so their misery is not at all real? Why can’t we gulp the fact that the problems of our stars are also genuine? Their misery, no matter how public, are real, even in the cut-throat ugly world of glamour. Agreed that they are rich, move in their swanky cars and do what not; but at last they are HUMANS just like you and me.

Lastly, not all celebrities are publicity obsessed. And we should surely learn where to draw a line. TIME OUT!

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

A guy who misses you on big screen

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