Superstars have always been the biggest bet for any industry. They carry a film on their own shoulder. If a film has a bigger shortcoming than its pros, the producer takes a sip of a believe and says "superstar hai na!"
In India the same story goes on, people cheer for them; worship them and do lots of crazy things. The biggest chunk of revenues of each year gross is heavily relying on them but a massive crack is found on the wall of their aura.
From the starting of bollywood we have witnessed big stars whether it is Dilip Kumar or Rajesh Khanna or our contemporaries Khans, Kumars, Kapoors or a Roshan, none has ever failed to mesmerise us.
They did great films which went to win lots of heart and assured healthy financial returns. For example Rajesh Khanna gave an astounding records of consecutive fifteen super-hit films which are still be remembered as good films too. Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman, the three prolific Khans did several epic films with huge box office records. This juggernaut rolls on from one generation to another one.
From last five years we are noticing that the films have been divided into two parts. One the highest grossers and rest the good ones. The good ones which are giving birth of terrific actors like Irrfan Khan or Nawazuddin and many more. The roles which were once skillfully done by the superstars are going towards these 'Parallel' actors. Scriptwriters are not even considering our superstars as the main choice of their well written films and going to character artists for their choices, abilities and of course low remuneration range.
Aamir khan who once gave 3 Idiots is doing film like Dhoom 3. Shahrukh khan who once epitomized love on screen in DDLJ is producing film like Chennai Express. Salman is also in the rat race. Isn't Khan's DDLJ, Raja Hindustani or Huma Aapke Hain Kaun became highest grossers! Two times national award winner Ajay Devgn is no exception. Hrithik or Ranbir who gave Koi Mil Gaya, Lakshya, Jodhaa Akbar, YJHD, Barfi! following the same path.
This new trend of Bollywood is definitely heart breaking. Money matters most, we all know that but when you are idol of millions you have to maintain the other side too. We want to feel the old magic which is lost in races, rivalries. We want to see the balance not getting tilted. A movie buff like us also want satisfaction, you are our superstars not the fading one!
Open Letter from a Bollywood Movie Buff!!
Guest Post by Soudip Chatterjee