Milestones of success that are catalytic in carving the niche for a performance artist be it in the form of an actor, a producer or a director is the known territory to which they return to in the times of crisis, crisis in terms of reconnecting with the audience in the form of a super hit film. While for an actor it may be a tad difficult to return to such template, for a producer and a director it always is an easy job as he is in control of affairs and he can revisit his templates of success from the past by interpreting them in a modern context or by adding an exotic flavor to the cuisine.
|SUBHASH GHAI and SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI|
Subhash Ghai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali are two such directors who are trying to regain the turf which has been snatched away from them by the new breed of directors and producers. While Subhash Ghai is trying to do it with KAANCHI, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is trying to attempt the same through RAM-LEELA. The underlining motif of both these films lies in the fact that both the films are films that belong and situated in a small town and the female characters of both the films be it in KAANCHI or in RAM-LEELA have a distinct echo of resemblance with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who incidentally worked with both these directors in their super-duper hit films TAAL and HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM.
Another idiom of similarity lies in the fact that both the directors, Ghai and Bhansali have returned to their templates of small towns, where it always is easy to narrate the stories of yore and built it up in contrast to the growth oriented metropolis which do not have the time to narrate a story at a luxuriously slow pace as the big cities stories factor in the crisis of time that everybody living their grapples with. The idea of small town stories appeal as it provides hope and an aspiration for the fans to aspire and dream about such life style and may be soak in the ambiance of life, which otherwise has been consigned to the back burners.
The difference from the films a decade ago however lies in the fact that heroines in both the films have an element of rebel built into their characterization, a sign of changing times, as also the manner in which the girls of the present age have evolved, having the conviction to rebel against the parents. Compare this with the characters played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan both in TAAL and HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM. In both the cases the girl child had acquiesce to the wishes and orders of the parents.
In the changing times where the girls are growing head-strong, both the lead characters of KAANCHI and RAM-LEELA have an element of rebel inherent in their characters or rather one should say that the characters being etched by both Ghai and Bhansali is that of head-strong girls, and this could be the point of connect with the audience, the young movie going audience, more of the female kind but of the male kind as well.
|KAANCHI and RAM LEELA|