Saturday, 7 January 2017

The lure of Bollywood

The lure of Bollywood.
    I am a die hard fan of Hindi Film Industry, Shabanaji insists we refer to it as that. I agree, Bollywood sounds too sold out.
Having watched Lunchbox I realised as a viewer, such simple heartfelt stories can be told and can be sold. Of course it needed the backing of a couple of well known Production Companies to get it to viewers in India.
As a film maker it enticed me that this is my kind of cinema and yes there are many who want to tell stories like these.
I just can't get over Lunchbox. I just can't get over the fact that Irrfan Khan is such a fine actor. I cannot get over the fact that Nawazuddin Siddiqui was so cutely irritating with his "Sir Sir Sir". I can't get over the fact that that Nimrat Kaur could be so naturally beautiful in her rendition of the role of a housewife. And of course how could I get over the fact that there could be a character in the film which is only a voice.
I was privileged to have a personal encounter with Ritesh Batra at the " Politic License" which was his endeavour to revive the Parsi - Irani restaurants in Mumbai.
Having observed him and heard him speak of his ideas and sharing his journey about The Lunchbox , I wondered if he too would be lured by the Dazzle of Bollywood.
I repeat I have nothing against fact I love it ... it's like in my veins. But glad Ritesh Moved on and comes up with "The sense of an ending" based on Julian Barnes's book with the same title.
Glad he didn't stick around to make a Romcom or a Muti-starrer family drama. Glad he picked a story that is as unique as Lunch box and that I as a viewer want to see.
( I may have to wait for that ... since it doesn't release in India, not very soon)
As a film maker I am glad he chooses to tell a story he wants to and not what shall sell.

Here's wishing a great Journey to Ritesh Batra for "The Sense of an ending" ...success lies in the beauty of his creation, anyways.

Nozzer Pardiwala

*This is my heartfelt view after having watched the trailer of the film.

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