1) THE HOLLYWOOD EFFECT
Hollywood has changed the face of Hindi cinema as it has been strongly influenced by genres like action, sci fi and the visual effects. So, if you enjoy seeing cars flying in Golmaal, Salman’s Dabbang style stunts or Shah Rukh jumping from a skyscraper, say thanks to Hollywood!
Our desi superheroes like Ra one, Krish and Drona were also created in an attempt to imitate the likes of Spiderman and Batman.
And the most recent and hottest trend of all is the making of sequels. Sequels like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Anybody can dance 2 had record breaking collections at the box office. Given their rising popularity, be ready to watch many more such fabulous sequels!
2) FRESH FACES
When we catch the first glimpse of a movie, we often see a new face and wonder, “Arre, ye kaunsa actor hain, first time dekha!”Gone are the days when the silver screen saw the presence of a handful of actors as multitudes of actors are now trying their luck in the filmy sitaron ki dunia.
Newcomers having no filmy parivar have carved a niche for themselves in B-town by delivering remarkable performances.
Newbies like Rajkumar Rao, Sushant Singh Rajput , Yami Gautam and plenty more are all fresh talents to watch out for!
3) EXPERIMENTING WITH DIFFERENT THEMES
A typical film in 60s and 70s was a masala flick having a hero v/s villain story with a tadka of romance, revenge and melodrama.
The 90s era saw filmmakers venturing into various genres like horror, suspense, action, thriller, romantic- comedy which the audience gladly accepted. Some of them like, “Arakshan”, “Satyagraha” and “Oh My God”, revolve around social issues, a genre which wasn’t explored much in contemporary movies.
The film industry has produced endless number of hatke films such as, “Udaan”, “Khosla ka Ghosla”, “Gangs Of wasseypur”, “Queen”, “Ugly” and others which have completely altered the concept of Hindi movies.
4) BIOPICS AND BOOK ADAPTATIONS
Over the past few years, Bollywood has produced several movies based on the life of a famous personality. The huge success of biopics like Bhaag milka bhaag, Paan Singh Tomar, Gandhi My Father and The Dirty Picture has proven that the audience is welcoming this genre with open arms.
Drawing inspiration from Chetan Bhagat’s novels, filmmakers have given us big hits like, “3 idiots” and “2 states”. Aisha and Haider are also loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma and Shakespeare’s Hamlet respectively.
5) THE TRANSFORMED VILLAIN
We don’t see villains like the scary Mogambo from Mr India or the wicked Gabbar from Sholay anymore. It has become quite rare to find Bollywood baddies now, whereas in old age cinema, a movie seemed to be imperfect without a villain.
Earlier, the word, “villain”, brought the image of a shrewd and ruthless character to our minds portrayed as a dacoit, rapist or murderer who could easily frighten a kid. Our traditional villains have been replaced by grey shaded characters shown as anti heroes.
6) THE ROLE OF HEROINES
Our heroines used to be shown as feeble, shy and docile women whose pride rested in her izzat. Movies like Arth, Mother India, Andhi and Damini brought a sudden change in this image as they depicted the inner strength of a woman who could fight against all odds.
From then on, there has been no looking back. Actresses can now carry the movie on their shoulders and are no longer playing a supporting role but the main hero that drives the story.
Chandani bar, Kahaani, No one killed Jessica, Fashion and Queen are perfect examples of such films.
If this continues, who knows the actresses might just steal the show away leaving our bichara heroes fending for themselves!
7) THE CHANGE IN DIALOUGES
Earlier, the dialogues were loaded with heavy emotions and melodrama, like “Mere Paas Maa Hai” from Deewar or “Ye Haath Humko De De Thakur” from Sholay. Dialogues in present day cinema are less sentimental and more wacky like Salman’s Khan’s dialogue “Ek bar joh maine commitment kar di … uske baad toh main khud ki bhi nahi sunta” and Shahid Kapoor”s, “Silent Ho Jayo Varna Main Violent Hojaunga”.
With increase in English speaking audience, it is now common to hear actors talking in Hinglish or even in pure Angrezi on screen.