Satire in the Age of Letters and Technology- more than just a pinch of it.
By: Aarushi Jain
With movies like No One Killed Jessica, Shor In The City, Shaitan, Delhi Belly, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Singham, Rockstar, The Dirty Picture and Don 2 among others achieving success at the box office during the year that we just bid adieu to, Bollywood has a lot to offer in the year that could just be the last of our lives. With some very big names associated with most of the films releasing this year, we can only hope that they go down as meaningful contributions to the Indian Cinema and not just movies that are forgotten once you are out of the theatre. Lets take a look at what the silver-screens have to offer in 2012:
For all the movie buffs out there, 2012 is going to be a busy year.The first much talked about film of the year is Karan Johar’s Agneepath starring Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra.It is a remake of Yash Johar’s Agneepath (1990) which starred Amitabh Bachchan and people thus expect a lot from it.Then there are many sequels hitting the box-office this year like, Dabangg 2, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai 2 and Jannat 2.Karan Johar’s has another biggie in store for the cine-goers in 2012: Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, starring Imran Khan and Kareena Kapoor which is set to release this Valentine’s Day.Movies which are expected to outmatch the others this year are Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Ferrari Ki Safari with Sharman Joshi in the lead role; Reema Kagti’s Talaash starring Aamir Khan;Vishal Bharadwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola starring Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma; Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag with Farhan Akhtar in the lead role as the legendary athlete Milkha Singh; Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine featuring Kareena Kapoor; Anurag Basu’s Barfee starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra; Yash Chopra’s untitled movie with Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif and Aditya Chopra’s Ek Tha Tiger with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Movies which are set to release later this year are Phantom productions’ Lootera, starring Sonakshi Sinha and Ranvir Singh; Saif Ali Khan’s Agent Vinod, starring the Chote Nawaab himself with his ladylove Kareena Kapoor; Balaji Telefilms’ Rock The Shaadi starring Genelia and Abhay Deol; Viacom 18 Motion Pictures’ Kahaani featuring Vidya Balan; Anurag Kashyap’s Gang of Wasseypur starring Manoj Bajpai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala’s Rowdy Rathore starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha.
Regional cinema deserves a special mention here as the entire nation and maybe even the world is interested in the Tamil movie, 3. With ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ becoming a global hit, the makers of the film are under a lot of pressure to make the film a success as most people are now looking forward to its release.
Hollywood too, earned its share from the Indian market last year. Movies such as- Rio, Thor, Hangover 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, X-Men First Class, Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol were all massive hits with the Indian audiences. We can however, look forward to a number of sequels this year with Men In Black 3, The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek 2, The Expendables 2, The Amazing Spiderman, Wrath of the Titans, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D, Titanic 3D, Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 grabbing the spotlight.
However,there is one question that refuses to leave our minds: why is it that filmmakers are so keen on re-making old classics or making sequels for that matter? When a certain story has been told already, what is it that urges them to add more to it? There could be various reasons for it- the primary advantages being the in-built audience, the story that is already there and if the previous version was a success, then the chances of the sequel doing well at the box-office are high and the risks involved in the project are relatively low.
We may not all be movie-buffs but everyone watches movies and we cannot deny the fact. Cinema has the power to unite people, spread messages, and most importantly entertain, but it is expected to not disappoint an individual who pays for it- in terms of money and time- both. However we do look forward to 2012 as it promises to be a great year for our cinema goers!