Analysis of the present decade of Hindi cinema- Part 1
December 12, 2009 2:50:44 PM IST
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
A decade is a long time in the tides of an institution and the world of Hindi films is no exception. As we are at the cusp of entering a new decade, this special column would seek to analyze the significant achievements during the last decade. There would not be any other better person than Big B to begin the analysis as his personality towers over all others in the world of Hindi cinema.
Amitabh Bachchan: A decade of cinematic exuberance and charisma
If the decade was to be summed up for Amitabh Bachchan aka Big B, it would be about the clock returning back full circle, i.e. in 1999 his company ABCL went bust and he was reduced to pecuniary but as the decade comes to an end his latest film PAA produced by his company has pulled back his company into black.
1999 was the year of transition for Big B as he was at a stage where though he was playing the role of a hero, the age seemed to have caught up with him and it was manifest in his films flopping in succession at box office, SOORYAVANSHAM being the only saving grace. But Amitabh Bachchan being Big B, he deconstructed himself and made his debut as a television star and wrote new frontiers of success with KAUN BANEGA CROREPATI. Such was the phenomenal success that he rediscovered himself, in his new avatar he also brought about metamorphosis in his looks as well, it being characterized by a goatee and it became his signature statement.
His transition into a character actor was once again facilitated by a powerhouse of performance in MOHABBATEIN, again the Yash Raj films providing him a new image as it had done with DEEWAR. Fortuitously, his daughter-in-law played her daughter in this film, and he would also not have thought that she would become a part of his family.
As he had got rid of his angry young man image, Big B went on an experimentation spree, as television stint was providing him the much-needed financial sustenance. So he experimented with as diverse roles as can be thought of through films like AKS, AANKHEIN, KHAKEE, KAANTE, and DEV etc. But with BAGHBAAN he again reestablished his dominance on the world of Hindi cinema with a panache, which only he could do. Again it was a Chopra banner, this time BR Films doing the honors. With this film Bachchan brought back the parents into the centre stage once again, who had been pushed on to the periphery by the series of bubble gum romances, and also underlined the fact that though age may have caught up with the parents, if the children ignored the parents, it is at their own peril.
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Another milestone of the decade for Big B was in the form of BLACK which made the world see hitherto unseen side of Big B as a patient of Alzheimer's disease who could make the audience eat out of his hands. Meanwhile, he also did the n-th Indian version of GODFATHER in the form of SARKAR and it has become one of the most real adaptations of GODFATHER till date. Along with BLACK Big B also created new box office benchmark with BUNTY AUR BABLI where he again rapped the whole nation with his rap song, and brought in the ubiquitous gamcha of the rural folks in the countryside as a stole for male.
Bachchan continued to experiment and it was manifest through films like SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA, CHEENI KUM etc. He also had the conviction to play the role of a ghost in BHOOTNATH and the ability to deconstruct him reached its pinnacle. In the meanwhile he also created a vertical in the form of IIFA Awards, which has become an international platform to award the world of Hindi cinema. Clones have popped up, but the enigma of IIFA Awards continues to dazzle with its razzmatazz.
As the decade comes to an end, Big B has given his career another shot in the arm by hiding his face and playing the role of a child who suffers from progeria in his film PAA that has brought back his company back into profits.
His success story of the decade indeed is reflection of the philosophy of life that he feels in and aptly enough it is a couplet written by his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan and it says ' Man ka ho to achcha, na ho to aur bhi achcha', i.e. if what one desires and it happens one should be happy, but if it does not happen, more the better. Otherwise how would Big B have launched on his rediscovery trip. May another decade bloom on him after he has made his debut with PAA.