New Age, New Rules: Embracing the Gradual Shift
The Hero-figure in most movies of the early 80s and 90s is often portrayed as a righteous being, exuding misogynistic attitude and upholding patriarchal values strong, thus leading from the front till the end of the film. Further, the portrayal of women in leading roles in Bollywood cinema was limited until the 2000s dawned upon.
The Bollywood industry is undergoing a gradual shift from the trends of the early 80s, 90s to embrace more powerful themes and women-centric stories. Looking at the bigger picture, the industry is still at its evolving stages and has a way to go, to look beyond romance and develop real stories that touch human lives. There is tremendous unharnessed potential in the comedy and docudrama genre, and also the epic genre of movies as well.
How many movies are made to portray real-to-reel life characters and manage to claim success? Well, new-age Bollywood cinema can pride on few hits that have enticed audiences across the globe.
The Fashion Conscious Tribe of Mumbai
Considering the popularity of Bollywood, it comes as no surprise that the people of the city of Mumbai are extremely fashion-conscious and in sync with the latest trends. They most often come across as self-obsessed with the way they look and dress up for an occasion.
It can seem quite amusing to notice the influence of Bollywood across all age groups, be it aping celebrity lifestyle choices, to stalking celebrity Instagram accounts for latest fashion tips, sporting and supporting celebrity brand endorsements to signing up for their next celeb brand purchase. While we would like to believe that everyone wants to unleash the celebrity within, the urge to be the next trendsetter comes with a hefty price tag.
Bollywood musicals, song and dance numbers entice audiences to find few moments of pleasurable fun. It helps transition with ease, away from the sadness and harsh realities of real life to a new headspace filled with hope and happy endings.