Tag: rani mukherjee
Telugu cinema is changing fast. BAAHUBALI, ARJUN REDDY and now NEXT ENTI. Not that I am suggesting the third has a place along with the first two neo-classics. Not by a wide margin. But there is a flush of flavourful forthrightness in the way NEXT ENTI tackles the dynamics of the man-woman relationship.
Every actor worth his grain who may be immensely commercially successful aspires for a film which is critically acclaimed and establishes his or credentials as a performer par excellence. It has been there from the time, cinema made its debut, and the trend continues even to this day. It is more so pertinent in the case of female stars of the present times, who when they start reaching the wrong side of the age yearn and aspire for 'that' film which would become a cult film and establish them as one of the vital signposts in the cinematic oeuvre and history of the country.
Hindi cinema has indeed turned rather liberal, as now the female stars are being shown smoking on screen in gay abandon. Holding a cigarette between the fingers is a sign of defiance, defiance against the norms, rules and regulations.
Delhi has set the tone for the new cinematic oeuvre with NO ONE KILLED JESSICA and now it is the turn of Mumbai this week to demonstrate that indeed the middle class that is the vibrant spirit of a city has not been left aside by the cinematic fraternity. Would Kiran Rao's DHOBI GHATbe able to demonstrate once again that indeed Mumbai is the melting pot for the urban development through the ages and it is cinema which forgot to showcase it, rather than the city forgetting its middle class ethos.
If one of the most underlining motifs of the year gone by can be underlined, it would be the films with Delhi as a theme that made the audience sit up and take notice as they were situated around the middle class existentialist dilemma. One may not have much problem in saying that what Mumbai represented just few years ago, the angst, the tribulations and the trials of middle class, Delhi came to identify it in a much more pronounced manner in 2010. It was primarily owing to the fact that large number of directors who had grown up in Delhi, used it as the backdrop to make their films in Mumbai.
Hindi cinema, it seems is slowly gravitating to the manner in which cinema of Hollywood has evolved. The suggested conversion emanates from the frequent use of cusp words by the female actors of Hindi cinema in the recent times, a phenomenon which was and is quite apparent in the Hollywood cinema. After all, what is a lexicon or a dialogue without the use of cusp words, some swearing etc? It might be a characteristic feature of the women in the day-to-day dialogue, but the holier than thou approach of the censor board and the conscious decision of the female actors to maintain an on screen-sati savitri image meant that they would always utter dialogues which would be highly sanitized and would conform to the norms of the society, it altogether being a different fact that in real life the argument would stand on its head.