The Big Black Hole
It appears the Indian society is allowing itself to be sucked by the big black hole called popular culture, personified in the Hindi film industry. This report in the Indian express sums it up.
The biggest trend that came about in all of last year was Bollywood. The organisers, designers and media (on both sides) only concerned themselves with which star was appearing for whom. Ironic, especially since the fashion world often expresses its disdain for the â€˜tackyâ€™ Hindi film industry. But now we seem to be as Bollywood-fixated as the common man is. Read report here:
It should not be surprising. Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI), which is organising the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) is giving out yet another award to Amitabh Bachchan. I am sure the star, though grateful, must be rather tired of being felicitated and given out awards by the dozen each year. MIFF has the unique opportunity to promote new and cutting edge talent. Instead, Bachchan will be honoured during the opening ceremony. Read report here.
On second thoughts, I wonder if the South Asian society as a whole has surrendered its imagination to popular cinema. It’s not the industry’s fault if people fall over each other to lay their finger nails on any bit of the industry.