Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Bollywood: Contrasting Tales of Two Magnanimous Filmmakers

The film industry has always been known to produce exceptional talents that last for a long time and leave a lasting impression in the audience’s mind. While a few of them come from a non-filmi background, a majority of them are a product of the industry only.

The year 1995 witnessed two such talents as they made their respective debuts with the film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar, the newcomers, promised a lot of success and potential from the first film onwards. While Karan debuted as an actor in DDLJ, he would later come up with an outstanding film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as director in 1998 and show his real worth. Both Aditya & Karan showed exceptional talent in their first films as directors and had created a lot of exceptions for the audience. Everyone was blown away by their story-telling, screenplay, music, concept and many other things and wished for more such films from them.

With their first films doing outstandingly well all over the world, the expectations on them increased manifold. Karan’s next directorial, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (released in 2001) did equally well as his previous film and so did Aditya’s next film as director, Mohabbatein (released in 2000). The real difference started post K3G when Karan directed four more films- Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, My Name Is Khan, Student of the Year & Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. All these films fared excellently at the box-office.

On the other hand, Aditya directed just two more films and that too, after very long gaps in between both of those films. His films, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi & Befikre, didn’t bring him much success and did not do as well as was expected and how his previous two films had fared. The music of his latter two films also didn’t prove to be too good.

The promise that Aditya showed in his first film, DDLJ has started to falter. He needs to regain his old touch and re-think his story-telling and start making films that the current generation likes to watch. He should take inspiration from his dear buddy, Karan Johar who, himself, has modernized his story-telling which is why his films are doing quite well.

All is not over for Aditya Chopra. He still has lots and lots of talent left in him and the film industry and audience have lots of expectations from him because everybody knows that Form is temporary, but Class is permanent. One thing Aditya can do is go back to making films with his lucky mascot, Shah Rukh Khan with whom he has given the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema, DDLJ.

Written by Anubhav Srivastava
A big sports enthusiast, avid reader and also love playing badminton. Writing makes me happy and satisfied.

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