Contribution of Last Few Decades to Modern Indian Cinema

The era commonly associated with modern Indian cinema has been said to have begun in 1970’s when commercial cinema came out as a means of entertainment for the people which continues with the new Indian movies today. Though directors like Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihilani and others kept the fire of art cinema surviving, the commercial cinema overtaken the artistic cinema by leaps and bounds. Indian Plays

The heavy commercialization of the cinema continued in 1980’s and 1990’s. With the release of movies like Kayamat se Kayamat Tidak, Chandni, Tezaab and Maine Pyaar Kiya in 1980’s and Darr, Baazigar and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1990’s, the craze of romantic cinema kept ground. These mushy romantics were mostly romantic testimonies of young couples with a cheerful ending. A few of these movies were huge blockbusters and out of cash box office records. 

Trendy of romantic movies persisted in late 1990’s and early 2000’s with the release of super romantics like Kuch Hota Haifisch, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. However, later 1990’s also witnessed revival of parallel cinema with movies like Satya, Chandni Bar and Traffic Indication getting a lot of critical acclaim. These new Indian movies were a welcome break from the romantics that were liberating every Friday and still left lasting impressions on brains of India cinema audience.

The dismal performance of recent big budget videos like Veer and Primary aur Mrs. Khanna and unexpected success of small budget movies like Dev D has set the new age Bollywood company directors and producers thinking.

The latest trend in the Bollywood movies is testing with the topic matter of the story. Movies like Three Idiots and I’m Khan have experimented with new subjects and have been hugely successful. The new Indian movies are bringing in a fresh new experimental wave of cinema, which has been more than welcomed by the India cinema audience.