Showbiz is as unpredictable as our monsoon. Just when you’re expecting a heavy shower of blockbusters, you might get a drizzle of flops. And like the legendary screenwriter William Goldman once observed, ‘Nobody knows anything in this business’. Least of all, the guy who writes scripts, considering he gets free advice from everyone, including the actor’s driver and the director’s cook.
Here’s an insight into the eight trends that are most likely to hit Bollywood.
1. We are probably going to see more superhero films in the coming future. And since we might run out of old masterpieces and hits from the south for remakes, we might reinvent this wheel and do a Batman on good old Zanjeer (1973), since both the films have similar plots; except that the angry cop Vijay in khakis will become the masked guy in a latex costume, with Sher Khan as his sidekick, Robin.
2. There will be Hindi remakes of Punjabi and Bhojpuri blockbusters that were once made after seeking inspiration from hit Hindi films. What are the odds that Himmatwala will get remade in Tamil or Telugu and not only become a huge hit in Chennai and Hyderabad, but someone in Mumbai just may buy its remake rights for Hindi?
3. With major bank holidays and festivals grabbed by the superstars as their ‘lucky’ release dates, other actors will fight to release their films on Parsi New Year, Karva Chauth, Raksha Bandhan and World Heart Day, among other days.
4. The current trend of buying book rights will reach a point where there might be a scramble to buy the railway time-table and adapt it into a romantic journey that begins in the Raanjhanaa land of Benares and travels down the route of Chennai Express.
5. It’s likely that a trend of biopics might gain momentum. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag might inspire other stories in the same geography — like Bol Sidhu Bol or Spin Harbhajan Spin.
6. Of course, there will be more zombie films. As there are a whole lot of actors who already act like zombies in films that are about regular people, this idea might work wonders.
7. It seems multiplexes are now threatening to charge producers for banners placed on their premises. In other words, if the producer doesn’t pay, his movie gets no publicity in the multiplex. So what’s next? The multiplexes will push the envelope a little more and charge producers for displaying the name of their film along with the show timings? Imagine staring at the timings and all you see is the mention of Screen 3 but no film titles.
8. Finally, fed up of rising ticket prices at multiplexes and threats from political parties to disrupt screenings, people will eventually get tired of stepping out at all. They’ll find a better way of watching movies — Direct To Home.
— Suresh Nair is a former journalist and an established screenwriter, with films like Kahaani (2012) and Namastey London (2007) to his credit