Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Again an article that praises Karan Johar to the skies. I wonder what poor Nikhil Advani must be feeling now. Nobody can deny that Johar is not an adept story-teller. His Kuch Kuch Hota Hai screenplay was a masterpiece, a splendid piece of work, that somehow tells us why mainstream hindi cinema still holds its own. (Contrast this with the situation in Europe, where Hollywood has all but swept the local films away. ) There is a certain joy in watching in watching well-picturized song-and-dance sequences filled with dollops of melodrama that a western audience somehow can't comprehend. Johar's second screenplay KKKG on the other hand was a dud. It was a creaky screenplay that relied too much on star power. With Kal Ho Na Ho, he appears to have come up with another winner. However are we always going to be stuck in this mode? When is Hindi cinema going to think about new things? As long as there are the Karan Johars who make amazing (and not to forget, successful) movies within the same old tired framework, commercial hindi cinema will never change. If only Karan Johar, Sooraj Barjatya and Farhan Akhtar had the same courage to experiment like Ram Gopal Verma.Story-telling the badshah style - The Times of India

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When is Hindi cinema going to think about new things?.. when people will stop liking movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, which isnt going to be happen because girls also like to watch movies and they will never get bored of same old stuff presented in a new way with new music and new clothes... and I dont think there is anything wrong with movies of these kinds.. About Ram Gopal Verma, I dont think he can please everyone because his movies arent made for everyone, they are made for some special audience, like K Jo has his audience, we need both.. definitely.