Do not think that I am doing a Satyajit Ray by titling this passage as “Our Films Their Films.” It is just that it struck me hard that Hrithik Roshan’s new film, “Kites” got released and every critic is up to criticise the movie for being a ticket to boredom and mediocrity.
One thing which is common from every critic is that, the film had an interesting premise of reaching out to the world audience. But what bothers me is that why is Bollywood trying out to reach to the other world? Why can’t it just show India in its full blown avatar?
Check the international hits from various other languages, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” had its heart in the Chinese hinterland and the “House of Flying Daggers” had its characters do all things Japanese than doing something alien to them. Likewise “Ong Bak” had its Thai heart firm and played to the Thai galleries and “Infernal Affairs” appealed bigtime as it had its roots in Hong Kong mafia and therein lied its universal appeal.
The ultimate test for any film is to win big over its target audience. If the theme bonds with the target audience it is sure to win Universal audience. Ray’s “Pather Panchali” had its characters in the rural hinterlands of Bengal and not in Mexico. Still the film appealed to many.
What I personally think is that the makers of Indian films should first stick to their nativity than going overboard to appeal to the international community and make out films which belong neither here nor there, as has happened with “Kites”. These days almost all of the Bollywood films are being set in the foreign and it seems that the makers have forgotten that there exists a country which is called “India” and earlier films used to be made over there.