ADDING “MASALA” IN BOLLYWOOD MOVIES

The Era of Hero Worship Returns to the Silver Screen

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Heroes are always worshipped in the silver screen by the audience in their larger than life image. After a brief lull, the super era of super heroes have again returned in the tinsel town Mumbai.

It is here the newsy turn of the Bollyood of the current days takes place. Let us have a peep into the silver screen to understand how the masala movies revived.

During 1970s period it was very popular. To popularise the genre of masala movie, the credit goes to Manmohan Desai, the famous film maker of late 70s and early 80s. His magic we get to see in movies like Coolie, Mard and Toofan. These masala movies are still shown in the small screen thus proving that people still relish them.

Zee Cinema, Anmol and many other tv channels regularly screen these movies during prime time. You can imagine their popularity. Salim-Javed exploited the genre very well in the 70s and 80s period. Sholey, the all-time block-buster, is one of such masala movies that still arouse people’s nostalgia.

In Sholey public get everything what they want: comedy, action, thrill, melodrama and romance. Masala movies gave us many superstars including Amitabh Bachhan, Dharmendra, Chiranjeevi, Rajnikanth, Mithun Chackrabarty and Sri Devi.

Some actors of modern times are trying to bring masala genre back in the Bollywood. These actors like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar made excellent blend of hot dialogues, thrilling scenes of Maar-Dhad or fight, heart-beating songs and portrayal of actors in their larger than life shape. Dabangg was the first Masala movie in the recent years that heralded the come-back of masala genre. It was directed excellently by Abhinav Kashyap.

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Here it is very interesting to note that Salman is traditionally known in the silver screen as an icon of doing comedy, romance and family drama based movies. He, so far, hardly tried his hand on action movies except Karan Arjun and Wanted.

But when he acted in Dabangg he became very popular among youths and kids. He portrayed the character of Chulbul Pandey who is an ideal son, very popular police among his juniors. Chulbul was very colourful iconic character of Dabangg who is favourably inclined to romance, a dancer and indulges in comedies of funny kind keeping the viewers glued to the screen.

Dabangg, the masala movie, prompted Salman to act in similar films ike Ready and Bodyguard.

After the box office success of Dabangg, Akshay Kumar signed Rowdy Rathore which also became a super success due to different turn and twists in the story and his comic roles. Rowdy Rathore was followed by Akki’s (Akshay Kumar) other ventures like Khiladi786 and Boss.

Ajay Devgn proved the magic of masala movie in Singham and Himmatwala. His acting in these two masala movies were a marked departure from his traditional roles: serious type of movies like Apharan, Gangajal and Company.

King Khan, known to be a hero indulging in romance, also made his own contributions in the area of masala genre. Shahrukh Khan’s Chennai Express romped all over the world chartering a new growth path in the case of masala movies.

Just as dinner table dishes in South India contain lots of spices, similarly their movies too are quite full of Masala. Some of the Southern popular masala movie actors have carved out special places for themselves among the viewers.

They are: Joseph Vijay, Surya Sivakumar, Ajit Kumar, Cheeranjeevi, Venkatish, Mahesh Babu and of course Rajnikant, the great. You can measure Rajnikant’s mass popularity by seeing his movies including Robot.

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Just as spice adds flavour and taste to food, the films – food for thought – also needs masala in their own filmy ways. After all, who does not like masala?

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