Manner of storytelling has changed with audience

Mumbai, Mar 28 | Updated: Mar 29 2007, 07:24am hrs
We are witnessing an increasing change in the taste of the audience, and movies like Rang de Basanti, Omkara, Munnabhai and Krrish, have been one of the most commercially successful movies made in Bollywood and have set a new trend for audiences in India and overseas, where these movies have been equally applauded, said Ravi Chopra, of BR Films at a panel discussion moderated by noted producer and director Karan Johar at the concluding day of the Ficci Frames 2007. He added, We should not follow trends, but set trends in the making of cinema.

The panel included famous members of the film fraternity like Anupam Kher, Rahul Bose, Kabir Khan and Madhur Bhandarkar, Suchir Batra of William Morris and Atiqa Odho from Pakistan.

The consensual view held by the panel was that there was a radical change in the manner film scripts were treated and presented. Nearly a decade ago, there were distinct genres like horror, drama, and comedy. But today, there have been some exceptionally bold and good films that have been made with great scripts and made a difference, opined actor Rahul Bose. Movie documentaries like Brick, Oliver Stone and

Fahrenheit 9/11 are a few movies that reveal the changing trends in cinema, he added.

Adiqa Odho, an actor and stylist from Pakistan, talked about women in cinema. She said, There is a lot of difference between the manner in which women actors were characterised in the yesteryears vis a vis the current scenario. I think the trend has changed though the ultimate hero is a man, which ideally was not the case before. Kabir Khan spoke about the infusion of new talent and ideas in cinema.

Actor Anupam Kher said, I dont believe that trends in popular cinema has changed. Earlier also some great movies were made which were trend setters. Its just that today the audience has changed and the manner of story telling has also changed.

Concluding the session, Kher said that anything that was done with conviction would change the idea of perceiving cinema and trends will continue to be the focus in the making of a film.