The tragic demise of Sushant Singh Rajput reignited the debate about nepotism and the hypocritical nature of Bollywood and it’s still going on. But what about us? Us, the great Indian movie-watching audience! What about the hypocrisy we put on display every day?
Day in and day out we follow people on social media who are yet to star in a film. We go to watch movies that have no redeeming value and we throw money at them. We dance to their song & obsess over how much money it made.
And when a so-called non-star comes up with a great story or experimental or something that’s not plain shit because the bar has been set that low, we don’t show up at the theatres. After doing that, how dare we point fingers at else instead of doing some course-correction?
If we look at the movies from the last few years, the ones with big names (whether it’s actors or filmmakers) have been doing way better business than the ones that didn’t feature big stars or were made on a smaller budget. Some movies falling in the second category, have got us laurels all over the world. But they hardly had any viewers here in India.
Below, are some posters putting the above-mentioned contrast in perspective.
With the ongoing debate on how only the Bollywood ‘mafia’ shunned the real talent and didn’t accept performances, we shouldn’t be ignoring the fact that power lies in our hands as the audience. The competition is cut-throat and it’s the audience that decides who works for them and who doesn’t. Choose wisely!