Today, Bollywood is a big name. It’s almost a very significant part of all our lives because our lives, our thinking, and our view of people and places around us are directly affected by the movies we see. Before the millennial period, our film industry was widely for its originality and for expressing our cultural values. However, since the last few decades, our directors and producers have continuously tried to copy or reflect Hollywood ideas in our films under the pretext of taking inspiration from them.
We also see that Western practices and cultures are portrayed as the way things should be, and our values and cultures are contrasted to them and presented as something which is not right.
Cinema’s true meaning is that of its innovative and imaginative form. It is supposed to take the audience to another world and give them the opportunity, in its true sense, to forget about their lives, their problems, and experience a different life.
But the element of ambiguity is increasingly taking a backseat, and tale plots are becoming more predictive, as we continuously see the same core themes or concepts being portrayed in various ways. Today, when people are watching a new movie or seeing something they believe that will blow their minds off, they don’t want to see something that is a cliche. By constantly copying film ideas or storylines, filmmakers are seriously questioning the limitless possibilities offered by the world of cinema.
The same is also the case in the Indian music industry. Sure enough, when something is presented to us, it is being decorated by aesthetics, fresh faces, a bit of drama and spice, but beneath all that it is a form of plagiarism only.
Anything in our industry needs approval from Hollywood. Even Indian audiences see something connected to Hollywood as cool or nice, which also encourages this culture of copying and stealing ideas and limiting creativity.
Why do producers and directors concentrate more on shooting in places like New York, London, etc? Why not use the beautiful places in India to display beauty? We don’t have to offer the same concepts or ideas to gain significance in the international film industry. It can only be achieved by depicting what our people think our culture is. any Bollywood director can connect with the audience only when the characters of their movie are someone with which Indian viewers can relate. The more saddening aspect is that by being part of such films, our favorite actors and role models are also encouraging this. No wonder the Indian film industry has not been able to make its mark up till now.
Indian movies are renowned only for their melodrama and fancy dance numbers. Due to a lack of funds and promotional activities, good movies are not able to come up front. Bollywood has the potential to create real gems like udaan, massan, the sky is pink, kahani, the lunchbox but just because they are not being promoted or decorated correctly they are not able to gather a large audience.
Aamir Khan’s Ghajini was inspired by the film memento. Alia Bhatt’s Dear Zindagi was falsely accused of stealing ideas from a Canadian TV series ‘” Being Erica”
One of the blockbuster films by Shah Rukh Khan, RA.ONE had major elements from films such as Judgment Day, Terminator 2, Iron Man, Spy Kids, etc.
Action scenes were copied from other Asian movies and Sherlock Holmes in Salman Khan’s Dabangg. The concept of the X-men franchise greatly inspired the franchise krishh of Hrithik Roshan, which became extremely successful among children.
All the major and famous actors have starred in films that have copied Hollywood ideas in some way or the other, not just in terms of the story plot but also in terms of posters, aesthetics, or scenes. With the notion of copying Hollywood movie ideas, our filmmakers have become so fascinated that it has become a practice to do it officially by purchasing remake rights from various Hollywood studios. One of the first films that started this culture was the film We Are Family (2010) created by Karan Johar. For the same, a very good film brother (2011) is also an example. The recently released film Dil Bechara is also an adaptation of Hollywood’s hit film The Fault In Our Stars.
Bollywood filmmakers have also been forced into copying American movies by several financial factors. They claim that they will get the same benefits and revenues from a good remake of a Hollywood blockbuster. studios are wary of investing in original content Because of the large financial risks associated with them. Also, unrealistic stories are a major obstacle to the success of Bollywood. Today, many films and shows and even daily soaps take advantage of the audience’s age-old superstitions and traditions to attract immense profits. But to offer competition to their Hollywood counterparts, such content is not up to the mark. Bollywood is incapable of producing a decent horror film until today. You would have encountered content with little relevance to the core theme, too many gaps in the plot, and baseless fights if you’re a frequent viewer of Bollywood films. Some action scenes are going to blow your mind in a bad way and make you want to hit the wall with your head.
It doesn’t matter if the deed is done under or above the table, it still has the same effect.
The person who writes it is the most important star of any play, story, film. In Hollywood, the scriptwriter is given due importance, but the same is not the case in our country. It’s essentially a sideline to the whole thing here. Other unimportant items are given full attention and the scriptwriter, who is the backbone of every project, is not considered important.
The only thing that matters today is that we and our industry are in desperate need of some original and exciting content that does the audience and the viewer’s justice. In the Indian film industry, we must bring the Indian aspect back.
Our films, our industry, must concentrate on the values that form the backbone of our culture and our people. They should not introduce our media to Hollywood or Western cultures and portray them as anything superior. Instead, our cultures, beliefs, esteem, and norms should be valued and represented.
There are many challenges in every society, and there are some in ours too,and It is the responsibility of all those in the industry, whether it is the writer, director, actor, or producer, to produce something that can recognize those challenges and provide a solution to the problem rather than substituting our culture for other values.
An integral element of survival and competence is the element of individuality and innovation. As viewers, we must ask for original content and not promote the lack of ingenuity in our industry.