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Last Updated 31.03.2020 | 7:43 PM IST



Back to theatres…

By Bollywood Hungama

It's back to theatres from this Friday onwards and there couldn't be a more joyous occasion. There was a drought of movies in the month of March, but April, May and June will witness a flood of films - mega budgets, mid-budgets and low cost - hitting the marquee. The audience is starved for movies and hopefully, the new releases, starting with GAME and F.A.L.T.U. this Friday, should increase the footfalls at cineplexes yet again.

Of course, the outcome to the crucial match between India and Pakistan today [Wednesday] will decide how the mood is in days to come. If India emerges victorious, the finals on Saturday [2 April] will spoil the party for both GAME and F.A.L.T.U., since the entire nation, I am sure, would be praying that India wins the World Cup. Yet, all said and done, an exciting phase is about to begin.

The other day - on Saturday to be precise - I posted my thoughts on my Twitter and Facebook ids. The comment was, "Success of films like BAND BAAJA BAARAAT, NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, YEH SAALI ZINDAGI and TANU WEDS MANU only reinforces the fact that content is KING." To my surprise, a lot of people opined that it's not just content that made these films successful. They were backed by an aggressive marketing campaign and the right set of distributors, which helped these films reach out to a wider audience.

What surprises me is that a regular moviegoer has become a sharp observer and speaks his/her mind when you ask them anything and everything about movies. The era of watching a movie and forgetting all about it the very next morning is a thing of the past. Today, I have people enquiring about the kind of business every film does and where it stands vis-à-vis its economics. Is it a profitable venture, in terms of the money spent on it or not? These questions from a moviegoer, who is not even remotely associated with the movie industry, only goes to prove that the common man looks beyond his likes/dislikes and is curious to know what its fate is at the box-office.

We live in a democracy and everyone has a right to express his/her opinion. Opinions, whether positive or negative, should be respected because every individual has a mind of his/her own. One may tend to agree/disagree with the viewpoint, but an opinion is an opinion. Of late, the fad that has gripped the Hindi film industry is to borrow from the past and give it a new touch. I am referring to the golden melodies of yore. Last year, HOUSE FULL borrowed a popular song from LAAWARIS, 'Apni To Jaise Taise', and presented it in a new avatar. Prior to that 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' from BACHNA AE HASEENO [original source: HUM KISISE KUM NAHIN] and 'Aa Dekhen Zara' from AA DEKHEN ZARA [original source: ROCKY] did the same. More recently, we witnessed 'Pyaar Do Pyaar Lo' from JANBAAZ being used in THANK YOU and 'Dum Maaro Dum' from HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA being used in DUM MAARO DUM.

My individualistic opinion is that we shouldn't tamper with classics. Be it films or songs. I genuinely feel that no matter how hard one tries, you can't reach close to the original. You may agree or disagree, but that's my point of view.

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