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Does Bollywood Overshadow Regional Cinema In India?

Neither do I have the numbers nor do I intend to take a deep dive into them. Hence do not venture further if you need analytical inputs, in support, for cerebral stimulation ๐Ÿ˜›

Ever heard of KISS … ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’ ๐Ÿ™‚ That is exactly what I am going to do.

    Q1. What is the national language of India?
    Q2. What is the percentage of population well versed or reasonably versed at the above language ?
    A1. Hindi, it is.
    A2. No numbers available as already stated, but more than 50% won’t be an over-estimate.

Therefore if at all Bollywood (btw, who the hell coined this term) does overshadow regional cinema, so be it.
Who would argue that competition is unhealthy? If there is lack of quality content in regional cinema, the footfall in theaters will dwindle. Instead of cribbing about it and adopting utterly foolish means of not screening Hindi movies, the authorities should rather direct their energies in presenting the audience with class cinema.

There are umpteen examples of regional movies being dubbed/remade in Hindi. With a few exceptions, most of these have been blockbusters. That goes on to show that quality is not an issue for regional cinema. In fact it is the other way round. How many Bollywood flicks have been translated/remade in regional languages?

Bollywood catering to a much larger audience is the sole reason for the often felt overshadowing syndrome. What appears is not always true and this is a case in point!

The money being pumped into Bollywood is getting humongous with each passing day. The SRKs et al are elevated to semi-god status and find place in our living rooms through various media – television being the best example. With such an influx, it is quite easy to assume that Bollywood is indeed overshadowing any other form of cinema making. But my counter-argument would again be the sample space. It is a lucid example of demand and supply.

To sum it up – live and let live should be the mantra! For competitive entities, one eating into the others share may happen. But as far as regional cinema and Bollywood is considered (at the risk sounding blasphemous), I regard them as mutually exclusive entities. Hence, the answer to the question posed at the outset is a big NO.

PS: For all who are wondering about the genesis of this post, it is my contribution to the ongoing Blogathon.

Written by Sangfroid

April 22, 2008 at 1:31 am

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  1. […] the entire post at: previous:Is Bollywood overshadowing regional films? […]

  2. stoping hindi filims from screening is like taking a medicine even without diagnosing the disease… agree with you here…

    aNoop aka --xh--

    April 22, 2008 at 10:58 am

  3. Ohh..thats dumb!! Thats unhealthy competition, instead of elevating their own standards they are simply removing the competition by force.. Stupid people!! ๐Ÿ˜›


    April 22, 2008 at 11:05 am

  4. Anoop, yup the difference b/w a quack and a qualified doctor ๐Ÿ˜›

    Sam, yea they did that because regional movies were not making enough money ๐Ÿ˜ฎ such obvious folly!


    April 22, 2008 at 12:11 pm

  5. Posting after long time? But the topic was least expected ๐Ÿ˜› Newayz, regional chauvinists will go to any extent to protect their self defined interests. It’s much better here compared to TN though. SRK is the biggest piece of shit who’s stardom proves that bollywood fans are brainless! ๐Ÿ˜› I mean, look at the guy, he looks like a eunuch, doesn’t have any manly looks or character, but still people equate him to BigB!
    Newayz, am not fond of the Khan tribe domination in film industry due to obvious reasons.

    Btw, you seem to have withdrawal syndrome, no news from you from almost one month, what’s happening saar? didn’t come for breakfast ride too ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Deadman Inc

    April 24, 2008 at 6:33 am

  6. Vaas, o yea โ€ฆ Bโ€™lore is much better than Chennai on any front ๐Ÿ˜› (No comments on the Khans though I like one of them)
    Withdrawal syndrome โ€ฆ well, yea keeping a low profile! Not really, caught up with โ€™stuffโ€™. Yea, I wish I could have come to the breakfast ride … Next time maybe ๐Ÿ˜


    April 24, 2008 at 8:40 pm

  7. lolz!!! tats all i can say!!!


    April 27, 2008 at 7:57 pm

  8. Ani, ๐Ÿ˜€


    April 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm

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