Did you know that on an average, Bollywood churns out over 1000 films a year? That’s almost double of what Hollywood produces. So what if our revenues are abysmally low as compared to Hollywood? We sell more tickets, have younger audiences and make our ‘moolah’ selling expensive food in movie theatres.
Contrary to popular belief and unlike our American counterpart, Bollywood does not exist as a physical space. Yet, we are awesome across continents and we say its time Hollywood took a cue from us. Here are 9 things Hollywood can learn from ‘Bollywood’.
We are easily inspired by anything and everything that surrounds us. Musical tunes, action sequences, movie plots, special effects and cinematography. All ready to pick what we need and add some ‘desi masala’ to make the real ‘inspired’ version. But don’t let us hold you back. We have some original stuff too. By all means, get inspired!
Pay attention to the actors!
Treat your actors like ‘Gods’. Allow them to dictate the plots, sequences, their look [mostly get their best friends to do this part] and wait for them endlessly to shoot a sequence. For once, forget the schedule! No one comes to the movies because the director spent 10 years making a film. It’s star power all the way! Remember that Youth Icons [actors playing teenage characters] are mostly in their 40s. One must simply learn to respect ‘senior’ actors.
How does it matter if you wear a clothing line from the 1990’s in a film set in the 1950’s? And how can you allow bullets to touch the hero? So what if he was shot at point blank range? Who really looks into this stuff? Get real! All Bollywood heroes come with a ‘100 punch warranty per sequence’. Plus audiences are smarter than they used to be. They’ll draw the necessary conclusions to a plot. Get the hint?
Synchronized dancing with people you barely know
Bollywood has tons of ‘friendlies’ ready to break into a dance sequence with perfect timing and synchronization with the protagonist. Just like in the Matrix, the plot and choreography is uploaded to every single person on the street in real time should the need to break into a dance sequence arise? How cool is that!? Now adapt!
The Oscars aren’t enough
You see, in an industry like films, you have to keep everyone happy. Actors, critics, film makers, producers, spot boys and of course the technicians. Having just one ‘Oscar night’ for recognizing talent is not enough. That is why we have every TV channel with an award ceremony where actors can feel important and thank their cats on national television. That way, no one has to cry at the Oscars. Simply divide the awards. Plus, change the judging criteria! Reward movies on the $$ they are able to make. Who looks at talent?
Have 'Item' numbers in EVERY movie
Allow us to break this down for you. Imagine the central character being chased downtown by a parade of cops when suddenly, he jumps into a ‘bar/lounge’ and finds a skimpily clad, physically attractive female character performing a breath-taking song and dance number. Note this may be the only time you get to see her in the film so by all means, allow the movie plot to take a break. Plus remember that you can also have ‘item numbers’ take the lead when it comes to promoting the movie and music.
Build some speed
So how does one release 1000 movies a year? It’s simple. Work round the clock, have unrealistic deadlines and make sure you build some speed. You cannot have production teams take 3 weeks to figure out things. Out here, they have three days and work on four projects at the same time. How else can you make 2.7 movies a day?
We’ve said this a thousand times. Learn from our moms! No matter what you say, Bollywood is #1 when it comes to melodrama. From hamming actors, wide angle shots run in quick succession and loud background scores to accentuate scenes, we simply rock! Take a cue. This works!
Kajol and Shah Rukh
The formula is no secret! If a movie works on opening night, make sure you have the script for the sequel ready the next weekend. You simply cannot take years to launch a sequence while your actors turn old. The story must continue till audiences go old!
Here’s our list of nine things Hollywood can learn from Bollywood. What’s your take? Got more to add? Let us know.
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