For a very long time, Bollywood, with different stories, had been feeding us with the same old nuskhas! Take a dough of romance, add some drama, a pinch of misery, a little surprise and knead until you get a blockbuster. However, a little while back, things started to change. Bollywood started experimenting with a newfound courage to keep the box office aside and do something fresh and new. And we are proud of it.
1. Dev D
It was enough of misery for the literature bound Devdas and too many tears for Paro until Dev D metamorphosed these two characters into a modern practical version. Paro opened up about her sexuality and Dev finally settled down with Chanda, for good! As for us, we found hope.
As if there wasn’t enough age-gap between on-screen monopolized heroes and their budding heroines, Bollywood decided to lay bare the same concept through fiction. Be it R.Balki’s Cheeni Kum or Ram Gopal Verma’s Nishabd, both movies, led by Amitabh Bachchan, made sure they made the audience uncomfortable with the idea of love marred with age. What was hushed in parks and kitty parties, was now a feature film, playing in the cinemas.
3. Delhi Belly
After Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Delhi Belly brought home a good concoction of dark humor and gross imagery, something our audience was longing for years. Leaving the masses with boiling ears, Delhi Belly was modern cinema’s sweet blasphemy.
4. Vicky Donor
For a country that is taking clumsy baby steps towards human consummation (let’s not use the word, eh?), Vicky Donor was one chapter on sperms that we were not yet ready to take! Nevertheless, we sailed through with Annu Malik‘s witty one-liners. And since then Bollywood has its arms wide open for projects like Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Toiler: Ek Prem Katha.
Homi Adjania’s brilliant blend of comedy with unrequited love, Finding Fanny was much more than an unrequited search for love. Bringing in five Goans, Homi gave us a brand new cocktail defining uncertainties of life and how pride ruins relationships. Be it the cast, story or the humor involved, there was nothing ‘usual’ about this movie. It surely was a brand new film, that not many could decode.
Love stories were common but never before did we hear, feel and watch music. Prior to Rockstar’s freshly minted playlist and a story that ripped apart hearts, we had never allowed a movie to become a permanent tenant within us. The movie was not made for box offices to understand, it was a religion to be followed.
Picking up an utterly trivial yet fatal issue of constipation and weaving it into the not-so-dramatic life of a father-daughter duo. Was that even allowed? Well, Shoojit Sircar‘s Piku broke all barriers of human emotions and blended an utterly realistic story, that by all means was relatable and managed to cling to the bones.
8. Mukti Bhawan
Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Mukti Bhawan took you through life and death within a single frame. The family drama has an uncanny ability to talk big through the smallest of angles. Based on the real-life tradition of people living in Salvation Hotels, the movie was not something you just go, watch and be done with. It was written, shot and performed to stay.
Talk about isolation in the present and you’ve got a very dedicated audience. But bring that confinement in a concrete jungle, a twist of destiny, and you have something like ‘Trapped’ in front of you. With Trapped, one doesn’t just take back survival instincts, but a ringing doubt at the back of your mind, that we actually don’t know who we are and can be, until life happens.
It has been seventy years of democracy, and yet it would take 2017 to bring to us a story like Newton. Picking up the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh and then adding a man of principles to it sounds like fiction. But unlike stories that preach a message, Newton manages to tickle your ribs and tingle your gray matter as well. A simple script, the movie puts forth even simpler questions, just in time for an Oscar nomination.
Bollywood has been ever evolving and looking at these scripts with their powerpacked performances, it’s time we call Bollywood as one of the finest places at the moment for creative minds to grow.