Bollywood Cycle

It was in 1988 when the transfer of power started, Hindi Movie-wise. Aamir Khan arrived thru Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. The long name was more prevalent as QSQT. And Amir Khan was the first of the Cuties of the late eighties. In 1989, Salman Khan made his entry. By 1991/92, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and ShahRukh Khan (etc) gave the industry a new economics.

But the old-timers were still selling. Prominent stars like Mithun, Dharmendar, Jeetender, Amitabh Bachchan (etc) strategically propped themselves against heroines half their age.

The new crowd might idolize the old stars but there is an identification issue. A Fifty-ish Hero, looking like thirty-ish, can kiss a twenty-ish Heroin on screen. But still. The audience knows. And the after taste is not zesty.

Presently, Khan and Co. are all pushing late 40’s. The demography who grew with them have also aged similarly. And, who knows. The aging fans might be switching to the younger side. Also, the demography who were born during late eighties and early nineties are the new crowd. Clearly, they will want a face and body to romance.

So the time has come for the new order. Ranbir Singh has made his mark. He is good. But yesterday I saw “Hasee Toh Phasee”. And I must say, Sidharth Malhotra has a presence.

The scope of this blog was to discuss the Hero side of the movie ecosystem. My idea is to make guesses on who all will replace the Khan and Co. In other words, who will get the Deepikas and the Parineetis.

P.S. Remember, a decade or so back, we had similar dilemma- Who will get Aishwarya, Salman or Vivek!


Lone Survivor

You must have seen many action movies. Let’s put that on one side. Now here’s a new one – Lone Survivor. This one’s different. Trust me.

Though the movie has some American bias, still the Taliban side of action is not discounted. While watching, you may get a feeling that the “villains” gave back as good, if not better.

But the fire-fights are filmed with lots of staccato. There is precision in that mess. It is not gory. But it is not un-impactful either.

In the end, they relate the actors with pictures of real American fighters. You will sit through this movie right up-to the very end.

P.S. While watching this movie at Grovels, and towards the end, the usher opened the exit door expecting the usual rush-outs of audiences. Though few in numbers, none left. It was pretty touching towards the end.