The Hindi film industry allures thousands of people across the nation. It is said that on an average, 2,000 people land in Mumbai each week, just to work in the film industry. Along with their luggage, they also carry their dreams of becoming an actor, singer, director, editor, cinematographer and so on. Not everyone makes it big and the majority of them end up doing some petty jobs in the industry. The world knows the success stories of a few like Shah Rukh Khan and the ones who didn’t make it get lost in the ever-moving crowd of this super-fast city. Here are 7 movies that loosely showed the realities of the Hindi film industry.
1) Rangeela (1995)
In this blockbuster film, the character of Urmila Matondkar was first seen as a background dancer who then bags the lead role with Jackie Shroff, who is shown as a superstar in the film. We see the rarest of cases where junior artists make it big in the industry. For instance, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who started his career as a junior artist in Sarfarosh is now the most sought-after actor in the industry.
2) Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon (2003)
The character of Antara Mali is a huge fan of Madhuri Dixit and arrives in Mumbai to become like her. Soon she realizes that she is not the only one who wants to become like Madhuri. There’s a whole big crowd there and she is in direct competition with all of them. The film beautifully depicted the hardships that newcomers have to go through.
3) Om Shanti Om (2007)
The film showed the Hindi film industry of the 80s and how it was in 2007. It’s also the most successful film on the theme of reincarnation after Karan Arjun. There’s a scene just before the Deewangi Deewangi song where Shah Rukh Khan’s character Om Kapoor says to his superstar father Rajesh Kapoor: “Sometimes I wonder, if I was not your son, then I probably wouldn’t have made it here.” The scenes say a lot about nepotism in the industry.
4) Luck by Chance (2009)
The film is by far one of the best films to showcase the harsh realities of the film industry. How cunningly people use each other, forget their differences and solely focus on their selfish motives. For instance, the scenes where Hrithik Roshan backs out from a film halfway, and where Dimple Kapadia forces Isha Sharvani to call Farhan Akhtar and sort their differences out, are apt examples of the shallow relationships of industry people.
5) The Dirty Picture (2011)
The film based on the life of Silk Smitha showed us very clearly that film industries across languages encourage the objectification of women. We are not questioning the hard work of Silk Smitha but just making a point that sex sells more than anything in our movies. And that’s exactly the reason why Silk Smitha who started her career with small roles later went on to become the ultimate symbol of sensuality in South Indian cinema performing with all the South superstars of her times.
6) Heroine (2012)
The film shows the rise and fall of a heroine, played by Kareena Kapoor Khan in the film. It shows how PR machinery functions in creating the brand value of our Bollywood stars. It also shows how nowadays makers create controversies to give some extra mileage to the marketing of their films. For instance, there’s a scene where Kareena asks her PR Manager Divya Dutta to leak the sex tape of her and Arjun Rampal on the news just before the release of her low budget film. As a result of this controversy, the film becomes an instant hit.
7) Dear Zindagi (2016)
This film showed the welcome change that Bollywood is currently going through. The women are setting examples behind the camera too. Alia Bhatt in Dear Zindagi was a budding cinematographer who wishes to direct her own films. Here we salute Neha Parti Matiyani, Priya Seth, and Preetha Jayaraman – the new gen cinematographers of the Hindi Film Industry.
Today, when Bollywood is glamourised to no extent, isn’t it good that some films try to give show the real picture, before we all start dreaming?