More than a thousand movies per year are produced in India, most of them in Hindi
To the average westerner, the Indian movie will definitely seem like nothing he/she has ever seen.
This node attempts to throw a little light on the average Indian cinema.
Standard format for mainstream Indian movies
- Indian movies are always longer than two hours.
- There have to be atleast five song and dance sequences.
- No scenes involving nudity ( atleast for the mainstream movies ).
- No swearwords! ( They will be censored out! )
- Background music themes are reused over and over in different movies during some common plot cliches.
- Action and fights are unrealistic ( Any hero magically turns into Superman during fights ).
- Most comedy is in the form of subplots which may not have any connection with the main story.
- The bad guy never wins.
- Politicians are always shown in a bad light.
- Depiction of women in non-traditional or unconventional parts is not very well taken in the box office.
- Some themes are taboo - Plots involving Anti-jingoistic, Anti-Gandhian, Anti-religious sentiments or any homosexual depiction will kill the movie in the box-office ( In some cases lead to destruction of theaters! )
- It is quite important to understand the Indian cultural dogmas about family, marriage, sexual relations and religion before you can completely understand the movie ( though not so much for the more recent movies ).
, once you have watched hundreds of movies, it gets tedious
, but a few gems come out from time to time, restoring faith that there exists good taste
. Lately the new breed
of "Hinglish" (combined Hindi and English) movies are refreshingly unique and have quite changed the whole direction
of Indian cinema.
Now go ahead and watch some!