I was watching Udayanaanu Thaaram (Udayan is the star),a popular Mohanlal flick of the recent times – one of my favourite movies.Its a movie based on the life of a movie maker who struggles to get on board the industry because of the pressures of the industry,the arrogance and the demands of the super stars and also due to his own sheer misfortune.
And there is a dialogue in the movie,where he takes a dig on the concept of Cinema-for-Entertainment.
Mimicry and Commercial Cinema have spoiled the Industry,which has ever been reeling with the shortage of good stories to offer its fans.And hence,the fans are left with no choice but to make these commercial and masala movies into block busters.
And he was dead right in his analysis.Cinemas made with over 20 crores are the norm of the day in Bollywood and a few other setups.They do become mass hits,but an insight into it might it reveal its inability to deliver a message.
Whereas,there are script writers such as MT Vasuedvan Nair,Adoor Gopalakrishnan,Srinivasan and Sathyan Anthikkad,to name a few in Mollywood,who make movies in a shoe string budget.Its another fact that none of Adoors movies hit the theatres for its lack of receptiveness with the common man.Though this is the brand of cinema I believe,would stay in our hearts for the message that it has managed to deliver into our minds.