Two weeks back I switched on my TV set, tuned into a music channel and gaped at the screen, sitting on my couch with a pack of chips in hand. I only hoped to hear some good music, check out the latest trailers and blah blah.
The next song that played was from the film Humshakals, which is soon releasing. The song was catchy, I instantly liked it. I thought it was much better than Caller Tune anyway. So, yeah.. Im talking about Piya Ke Bazaar. I liked the way it was picturised and that glamourous qaqali type setting and all. But then, something caught my attention and made me wonder what’s really up with Bollywood?
In the song, we have three gorgeous ladies- Tamanna, Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta, looking all dolled up and dancing like a dream. But all through the song we had newbie Tamannah, who’s debut film was a disaster, dancing in the centre and grabbaing all attention. Esha Gupta never really caught my attention cause she isn’t that big a star and is very much expected to do a supporting role. But hey, what’s up with Bipasha Basu?
I was surprised to see Bipasha (very very obviously) sidelined. I went wooowwwww.. Isn’t Bips one of Btwon’s leading actresses? Seriously surprised that such a big star as Bips chose to act in a movie that didn’t gave a newcomer much more importance than her.
Whatever be the reason, to an audience (at least me) it was quite amusing to see what happened to the makers of Bollywood. In a frenzy to create numerous films, makers are opting for newcomers and somewhere other age old Bollywood actresses are being ignored.
How many good, established actresses do you see in films these days? Apart from Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor who else do you see on screen often?
Bollywood men like Saif Ali Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar etc remain numero uno irrespective of the number of new comers who enter Bollywood day in and day out. It doesn’t bother them if those actor delivers hits cause the men know their brand value will never go down.
Why isn’t it the same with women? Actors like Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Juhi Chawla, Preity Xinta, Rani Mukherjee etc are such brilliant actors and their work over the years are testimony to the fact. Then how come they are overshadowed by new talents, just a film or two old, in Bollywood?
I would really love to see these actresses on screen more oftern, recreating the magic of those years when films were made for families, for pure entertainment, with good music and a strong star cast.