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At the very start, sincere thanks for the real sarcastic yet learning read. This piece of blog, in my opinion, apart for being a very enjoyable read has opened avenues to a broader discussion. What is the future of commercial cinema in India? To be very specific what will Indian movies in the future look like? Cinema through the years in India has had several layers to it. One popular classification of cinema has been mainstream and parallel. Mainstream being all about showing what the consumers wants and Parallel being, what I would like to call, cinema for cinema. There have always been directors like Prakash Mehra, Yash Chopra, Yash Johar and Ramesh Sippy, but then again in parallel cinema there have been Ritwik Ghatak, Satyajit Ray, Govind Nahalani and Guru Dutt. Then came the 90’s with the likes of David Dhawan making movies limping in dearth of content and yet commercially viable. Next, the 2Ks arrived changing the taste of the Indian viewer as per many experts. Films like Dil Chahta Hai (Farhan Akhtar) came through. And here we are, completing the second decade of 21st century. But has the viewer really changed? Films like ADHM still prove that we, Indian cinema goers are still mesmerized by the grandeur of larger-than-life and far-from-cinematic movies, driven by buzz created by petty controversies when it comes to cinema. What would happen to the directors of content based movies (exceptions like Anurag Kashyap or Vishal Bharadwaj are not considered in this scenario) with the commercial viability of parallel cinema going further down day by day? Moreover, with the advent and prosperity (!) of piracy that the film industry is plagued with and globalization of film industry, parallel filmmakers would be hit more than ever. They would face the most difficulty in financing their productions. It scares me sometimes to think what if we end up watching films like ADHM only, say ten years from now in India? We can only hope that the Indian viewer would change its preferences when it comes to cinema and let cinematic art live and grow in India. Fingers crossed!

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