- Navneel Maji
Let us talk about Bollywood! Any art form, for better or worse, can be a reinforcement of society’s norms back to the people. It would show us what we want to see; and, individually no one wants to improve. People have a natural disposition to be in a state of inertia. Adding to that are the lies and narratives that are added and transpired through the medium for their personal gain, as much as through any other means.
But not for nothing, they are a great source of knowledge about a certain generation and their most riveting ideas and struggles.
Let us look at how the trends have to change in the Bollywood industry coming down from the 1950s to 2000s.
The 1950s and 1960s is the golden age in the history of the Indian cinema. Coming from humble beginnings, they laid strong foothold of Bollywood cinemas in the Indian audience. The generation had memorable actors like Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nargis, Nutan, Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, and many others. Not just in India, it was even to the global audience, especially with the help of Raj Kapoor.
In the 1970s and 80s, Bollywood had become the chief medium of entertainment for ordinary citizens. They wanted to see their favourite stars on-screen giving captivating performances by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini. The 90s include some changes in the structure of films as new styles of filmmaking and music were appearing. Rising actors had started to make their name in Bollywood.
By 2000s, we saw new league of actors, three Khans and Ajay Devgan, used their iconic style and performances to enhance their performances make contact with their audiences.
So much so that, for instance, Lagaan (2001) received many awards and were nominated for the Oscars, much after Salaam Bombay and Mother India. Now, the industry has grown into such a strong huge business that we see them not as movies but as clubs to which the below to 300 crore club, 400 crore club, and so on. If we take the overseas earning, we have crossed 1000 crores.