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Monday, March 06, 2006

Expecting a revamp…

Is there a Panic among our stars?

Looks like… the way they are scrambling for stories. Instead, I should put it as Screenplay.

This raises the question which was hidden underneath….. during the recent days.

Whether the Rs.1000 crore plus (annual) industry needs a revamp as the Bollywood got in the recent past?

Just have a glance, on the proportion. Compared to yesteryears, the proportionate no. of quality movies have increased in Bollywood during the last 2 years.

Ek Hasina Thi,
Khakee,
Aitraaz,
Hulchul,
Raincoat,
Page-3,
Black,
My Brother Nikhil,
Parineeta,
My wife’s Murder,
Salaam Namaste,
Bluff Master,
15 Park Avenue,
Rang De Basanti…..

Compared to Bollywood, Tamil Industry (I despise calling it ‘Kollywood’) used to churn out more quality movies always, in proportion to its total output. However, in the recent years the outputs are getting burnt due to poorly conceived screenplays, which has resulted in the drop of quality movies' proportion compared to previous years… Just take a look into the well conceived movies of last two years, in my perception.

Pithamagan,
Chellame,
Azaghiya Theeyae,
Virumandi,
Autograph,
7G Rainbow colony,
Manmadhan,
Ram,
Kana Kandein,
Anniyan,
Ghajini,
Thavamai Thavamirundhu,
Kanda Naal Mudhal

It is a generally acceptable theory that there are only few story knots on which the screenplay can be built.

Romance
Family
Revenge
Musical
Social consciousness / Political
Generic / mixed

Even though, the knots are less, the industry was surviving for the last 8 decades merely based on the screenplay and the performance of the starcast. Now the real danger is coming up due to the economical reforms [opening of several industries] and the results. More international products (I mean, movies) are made available to the audience, in the local language itself. In addition, the satellite channels are providing the entertainment in a full swing on the same knots.

All these issues have definitely put the industry under pressure, in addition to the recent Producers' council fights. So, definitely it needs a makeover with some quality deliveries. Already the younger brother (I mean, Satellite channels) has beaten the elder brother by attracting more audience.

Unless the Elder bro wakes up and do something, the following would be the likely scenarios, as happening in other Industries…
1) Shrinking business volume
2) Less no. of players
3) Less no. of years of stay for the players

Already, we are experiencing the last scenario, due to disappearance of more no. of yesteryear stars.

The first two may be avoided most likely, with the emergence of the last scenario in a big way. Net net, if we get good deliveries we should be happy.
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10 Comments:

Blogger thennavan said...

Good analysis Ram but is a solution in sight? I doubt it :-)

Monday, March 06, 2006 7:28:00 PM  
Blogger Vinesh said...

It is definitely an encouraging trend that more film makers are beginning to think differently.

Ram Gopal Verma especially amazes me because people either love his movies or think they're crap. Love his versatility though. Aaydha Ezhuthu was an approach I thought was brilliant, but halfway through movie lost control over itself..

Monday, March 06, 2006 10:49:00 PM  
Blogger Raju said...

yeah.. there is surely a dearth of good story and screenplay. My suggestion would be to look at the assistant directors of bigwigs like Maniratnam and Shankar for some interesting scripts. In essence, they have become like film institutes, so should be having quite a bit of talent.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 1:07:00 PM  
Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...

that was a nice analysis ram c.

but you are leaving out one thing..

sure the categories you came up with are universal but the manner in which they manifest/display is changing with the times..
for example.
romance -> todays romance is a lot different from romance 20 years ago (and we seem to be converging between east and west on generally accepted romance characterizations), thanks to hollowoods reach ?!?

so even if the genre's are not open to change, the characterization can be creative..

at least the movies that stand out as different on your list are all different because of the way they portrayed things differently from the Lowest common denominator..

:)

Saturday, March 11, 2006 9:39:00 PM  
Blogger Arvind said...

It is high time, our masses are slowly infused with 'fiction' based movies - where you 'assume' the premise of the movie (which itself would be fantasy) - and then go on to produce nice screenplays...e.g. Pirates of the carribean or Sleepy Hollow - two fast paced thrillers, based on fictional stories !....

romance can always be mixed based on such themes....

Sunday, March 12, 2006 7:41:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Thennavan.. it is like trying to find a solution to India's infrastructure woes. :-)

Vinesh.. agree with your comments on RGV.

Raju.. I also feel that, that's where we can find more refreshing talents -- to sustain in the long run.

Sundar.. as you had mentioned, a different approach to the same knot is what is required. But creativity is required, even to think differenlty, isn't it?

Arvind.. that may be the nature of the products, for the next generation audience. NOt sure, if we will see such movies in the next few years.

Sunday, March 12, 2006 9:23:00 PM  
Blogger harry said...

brilliant observation, but is there a solution in sight..we need many more ratnam's to save us..

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 8:09:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

harry

hope things may move with the likes of Vishnuvardhan, Radhamohan and lots of other young breed of directors.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006 7:14:00 PM  
Blogger crsathish said...

good analysis ram. but somehave, BLACK didn't impress me at all.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 9:21:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Sathish

I liked it very much due to the way it was narrated. Anyhow, perception differs, isn't it?

Thursday, April 06, 2006 9:54:00 PM  

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