The entertainment industry in India roots back to the 1900s, when India’s first motion picture, RAJA HARISHCHANDRA came out. Fast forward to 2021, the entertainment industry has grown leaps and bounds, beyond anyone’s imagination. India produces more than 1500 to 2000 movies annually in more than 20 languages. That’s a lot of entertainment! These numbers are highest in the world! But how many of these movies are worth the audience’s time and money? Well, that’s the debate for the later part of the article.
A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE NUMBERS:
The industry may be the largest producer of shows and films, but in the quantity versus quality debate, it certainly loses. Most of the movies usually end up as flops or semi-hits or collecting an average amount of money. There are rarely a handful of movies that do solid businesses. Same is the case with the television shows where the TRP’s of most shows on most channels are negligible. Even the top channels like Zee TV and Star Plus majorly fail in delivering content which has the potential to reach the zenith of entertainment.
So why is the entertainment industry the way it is? Why is it unable to succeed in creating amazing shows and movies? Well, one of the major reasons is lack of good writing. A famous Indian actor, late MR Irfan Khan said, “if you want to become famous and make a lot of money, you may think about Bollywood. But if you are looking for a platform to nurture the artist within you, this is not a place for you.” And we tend to agree, because glamour comes before script here. Writing is secondary, the magnificent sets and the expensive makeup is primary. This leaves no room for actual talent to grow.
The movies here can be classified into two main categories, namely the KARAN JOHAR genre and the ROHIT SHETTY genre.
In the KARAN JOHAR genre, the entourage of the lead actress is of more importance than the art director. All that matters in such movies is the cost of production and an enormous amount of drama. Singing and dancing is a really huge part of this genre of movies. Even though the script may not be up to mark, these movies may do a really great business for multiple reasons.
The ROHIT SHETTY genre is more serious (or funnier) genre. On paper, it talks about dirty politics, sexism, rape culture, corruption, etc. and fair call, these elements are really great and should be spoken about, but on screen everything goes flying to trash. (Quite literally to be honest).
Flying cars, flying cops, flying goons and flying money just make the context of the film irrelevant and the main idea behind the movie often goes unnoticed and is overshadowed by the unnecessary action. Although these movies are trash in the eyes of the critics, they do phenomenally well by catering to the masses. But the critical acclaim of a movie is very important for it to be recognized as a movie of substance and concept. This factor is completely missing from most of the movies.
THE DEEPER REASON:
In the industry, nepotism and gigs go hand in hand. The children, relatives and friends of movie stars have a major upper hand in getting into show business, far more than a commoner. So, when these star kids, whose only qualification is that they are Mr. X’s sons and daughter come into movies without any sort of audition, they just destroy it head to toe. Credible actors who have spent years in acting schools and national school of drama seldom get any chance to be on the silver screen and even when they are, its usually for a supporting character with minimal screen time. This is one of the foremost reasons why good movies are rare here. There aren’t enough good actors to act in those movies.
Let’s take the case of this TV show everyone is going bonkers about. This show first aired amidst the lockdown and has broken all sorts of records since then. Everyone, including teens are talking about it. But what is so special about this show? The main reason everyone praises this show is because it has the most relatable content on the entire television. It talks about how a housewife is treated as a liability in Indian households. It doesn’t have a star TV actress, nor some illustrious banner producing it. The show contains a story and it contains actors who possess the ability of portraying the story beautifully. Also, people were so tired of Ekta Kapoor producing a new serpent princess every year, that this came as a hope of good television in front of everyone.
This shows that good content doesn’t need any support from anyone, and poor content can never be good with crores of rupees and tons of promotions.
Well as we conclude, we have to say that the entertainment is a two-sided process. We as an audience are responsible for the films we pay for and make them blockbusters. Films with abysmal content goes up to become mega blockbusters while high concept and authentic films collapse. This change will only be possible if we as consumers are more aware and choosier about the kind of movies and shows we invest our time and money in.