Bollywood is back to basics. And for obvious reasons - after having presented the extraordinary life and times of ordinary people, it is the turn of the ordinary life and times of extraordinary people on the 70 mm. Enough of cheering some big causes in big- budget, multi-starrer films this year, the next league of films is based on real people and real circumstances.
It is also the best bet at the box-office by virtue of the reality factor. No wonder it is the latest flavour to have caught the fancy of the filmmakers. So from Madhur Bhandarkar (Traffic Signal) to Mani Ratnam (Guru), Anurag Kashyap (No Smoking), Sanjay Khandoori (1.40 Ki Last Local), Anurag Basu (Metro) and Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra (Delhi-6) - all of them are attempting to bring a touch of real on reel.
Market mantra: Anurag Basu who had earlier tried to weave a story on a fictitious subject (Gangster and Murder), says, "Portraying real-life drama on celluloid is an intricate and exhaustive task.
After Gangster and Murder, I realised why to climb mountains or cry in rain to create drama. There is enough of it in the life of a common man anyway." So it is fact and not fiction that rules the roost in Bollywood.
And even the actors and actresses prefer to walk out of the shadow of larger-than-life characters. And why not? Aishwarya who plays one such role in Guru, says, "It is woven around believable characters - real in looks, appeal and subject." Credible, isn't it?
Mass appeal: As Madhur Bhandarkar says, "While attempting a movie from the local milieu there's no liberty to let your imagination rule. The challenge is to entertain the viewer with a crisp and edgy story." Summing up the trend, trade analyst Taran Adarsh, says, "The mushrooming of multiplex culture has given filmmakers the liberty of blowing up even one real-life incident on big screen. But if done convincingly, it would find more takers - both among the masses and classes."