Bollywood Mania: When The Favoured Are Always Favoured


Not everyone gets a super debut as the likes of Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan, neither does everyone get the challenging role of playing an autistic girl as Priyanka Chopra. Bollywood is synonymous with many things, but it is still not synonymous with the concept of ‘no discrimination’.

Of late, our cinematic industry can be seen surfing along the waves of new-age cinema. They are trying to attune and encompass the idea of artsy-bold movies, rather than those typical family driven ones. It’s an age of experimentation as the taste of the audience has changed or wonderfully and timely evolved. Big production houses as that of Dharma Productions, are investing in movies driven by its content rather than just earning bucks due to the might of the star cast.

However, for this new advent of experimentation that can be titled aptly as the ‘flavour of the season’, the stars are the same. It’s a million buck formula of gaining critical acclaim with the audience for showcasing a content-driven cinema and gaining bucks due to the presence of stars whose face value estimates n-crore business. Stars are no longer inhibited to act in a movie that is challenging and isn’t quintessential in its approach. And the production houses aren’t scared to buy a script that is not-so-conventional and all happy-rosey in its essence.

However, in the bid to earn money while not compromising on the face value, several actors are being played because of their lack of market value not because of lack of talent. Over the years, we have seen great performers who haven’t got their fair share in Bollywood due to lack of fan base and also due to continuation of the soppy movies they refused to be a part of. The only hope and chance of starring into a movie was due to its unconventional content and its portrayal to be refused by main stars whom the audience loves. Now, the hope is snatched with the onset of new-age cinema, wherein, the big league stars seemed to have taken the role of these forgotten heroes.

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We all remember and could relate with Raju from 3 Idiots, which was adorably and quite convincingly played by Sharman Joshi. He starred in the cult movie Rang De Basanti as well, and we all loved his dorky and insane, if a bit impulsive character. I was shocked and a bit angry when I saw him starring in Hate Story 3 and 1920 London; the movies turned out to be major flops and I could just think how unfair Bollywood has been to the talent of this man. He has done plays, and quite a number of regional films, yet when it came to Bollywood, he was not given the fair share of good cinema and credit he rightfully deserves.

Kunal Kapoor, Jimmy Shergill, Arshad Warsi, Deepak Dobriyal, and many more, are lost in the bid to earn bucks and to prosper the already reigning Bollywood families. They were the black horses of the race, and now they are participating in a league that is beneath them. No longer do these actors get the movie that showcase their talent or rather nurture it. Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Tannishtha Chatterjee are all gorgeous and immensely talented ladies to whom Bollywood is not batting an eyelid.

Yes, there are actors that have been failed by Bollywood, failed by them to give due recognition and failed by them to give the credit that they have always deserved.

Well, not everyone can aim to progress the way Niwazuddin Siddiqui has. He’s the luckier one of the crowd. And obviously we won’t want much actors without the privilege of being a Khan, Kapoor, and Bhatt, would we now?

Yugansha Malhotra

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