Thursday, January 29, 2015

Priyadarshan - Saviour of Comedies in Bollywood

After Mehmood, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Gulzar, Basu Chatterjee and David Dhawan the filmmaker who has given a new lease of life to Comedy in Bollywood is none other than South Sensational filmmaker Priyadarshan. With HERA PHERI he flooded Bollywood with many super hit comedies like MALAMAAL WEEKLY, HULCHUL, MUSKURAHAT, KHATTA MEETHA, HUNGAMA, GARAM MASALA etc

January 30, marks the birthday of the genius filmmaker; Raaga.Com wishes him birthday greetings.


Comedies in Bollywood is a hard nut to crack due to its less demand over romance and action nevertheless whenever a great comedy has been made like CHALTI KA NAAM GAADI, PYAR KIYE JAA, PADOSAN, ANGOOR, CHUPKE CHUPKE, BOMBAY TO GOA, GOLMAAL, SHAUKEEN, ANDAAZ APNA APNA, etc. people have applauded it. However in 1990 when the Khan Trilogy viz. Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh ruled the roost comedy got a major setback and it was south’s marvelous filmmaker Priyadarshan reviewing it with a bang in the year 2000 with HERA PHERI.

Thus Priyadarshan’s shoe string budget comedy, ‘HERA PHERI’ doing mind blowing business, it opened flood gates for comedies like DULHAN HUM LE JAYEENGE, CHAL MERE BHAI, MELA , HADH KAR DI AAPNE. JORU KA GULAM, KUNWARA etc. however, none had the magic of Priyadarshan and the poor response to these movies restrained film makers from burning their hands as a result release of comedies in 2001and 2002 nosedived. 

What came as a shock was that the usually consistent and the ‘Baap of comedies’, David Dhawan too, couldn’t escape the spate of flops as he came down trembling with a string of flops like ANARI NO. 1, AUNTY NO. 1, DULHAN HUM LE JAYEENGE ETC. Even his lucky mascots Govinda and Sanjay Dutt could not save him in his next movie EK AUR EK GYARAH. 

However, it was once again master of comedy Priyadarshan, who with his movie HUNGAMA opened new vistas for comedies. 

One prays the trend continues – after all – Hasna zaroori hain!!!

HAWAIZAADA actor Ayushmann Khurrana believes Bollywood rewards talent

Generally seeking entry into Bollywood is a regarded as daunting task due to the dominance of stars kids hogging limelight. While the ‘outsiders’ without the so-called ‘Godfather’ stand in long queue waiting with bated breath to get an opportunity. 

However contrast to the popular opinion Ayushmann Khurrana, celebrated Indian television anchor, film actor and singer, who rose to fame with Shoojit Sircar's romantic comedy VICKY DONOR and is awaiting the release of his forthcoming film, HAWAIZAADA believes that the Bollywood gives a fair chance to 'outsiders' to prove themselves.


In an interview Ayushmann Khurrana said, “The film industry has a lot of acceptance towards the outsiders. It's open to outsiders, who are getting a fair chance to prove themselves. At the end of the day, it's your talent that works for you.”

After seriously thinking Ayushmann Khurrana’s statement holds sense because Bollywood has always rewarded actors with talent. In the early 70’s when there was a hoard of actors churning out from the FTII (Film and Television Institute of India) Bollywood accepted actors with talent with open hands, ignoring their looks and background. It was sheer talent that mattered. 

Thus actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Danny, Shatrughan Sinha, Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Mithun Chakraborty etc. were able to make their presence despite lacking the essential ‘Chocolate Looks’. 

In addition popular directors like Subhash Ghai, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, David Dhawan and Sanjay Lila Bansali etc were too given break and they proved their distinction. 

Interestingly the director of HAWAIZAADA, Vibhu Puri is also an alumnus of FTII. Hence Ayushmann Khurrana has suggested Vibhu to host a screening of the film for the institute and take their reaction. 

HAWAIZAADA depicts the novel tale of Shivkar Talpade, an Indian scholar, who flew the first ever unmanned plane eight years before the Wright Brothers! 

The movie has been granted Tax Free status in Uttar Pardesh for exploring the unsung Indian scholar.