The brand new year,2012,has been delivered at our doorsteps and there it lies with all the promise of an unopened gift. Each month that follows through will come with its share of surprisessome pleasant,some not so nice,but interesting regardless.
And so it will be this year with the best of Bollywood and Hollywood trying to woo the auds to the theatre. The competitive tone was set with Tom Cruises Mission Impossible promotional visit to Delhi and Mumbai. It paid off rich dividends according to trade reports. This year,the competition is likely to get tougher with impressive line-ups on both sides.
Watching Sherlock Holmes And A Game of Shadows,running cheek-by-jowl with our desi Don 2,one could only hope that action thrillers from Bollywood that have turned into glitzy productions comparable to the best in the world,get back their mojo.
Lets admit it,the thrillers of yore-Bees Saal Baad,Jewel Thief or for that matter,Don,could hardly be faulted on their scripts and screenplays or execution. They did fall short on special effects and the action sequences that were strictly hand-to-hand fights and a little acrobatics on the side. Or a few car and bike stunts performed by stuntmen without the advanced security gear available today for actors. Nevertheless,they entertained effectively,complete to the nail-biting finish.
Hopefully Players,Agneepath (action-drama) and Agent Vinod will give us a lot more of that.
Hollywood has the superhero bonanzaThe Avengers,Batman and Spider-Man on offer in addition to James Bond,all high-octane actioners.
Bollywood,if it has to even scores will have to put in the desi tadka that has worked so well for films like Wanted,Dabangg,Ghajini and Singham. After all,at a time when Indian is the flavour of the season,there is no harm in embracing desi.
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Speaking of all things desi,Screen,inspired by the Academy Awards,has made a modest attempt at putting together a similar system to pick out the best efforts of 2011. While the Screen Selection Academy came into being last year in 2010,it was in 2011 that the Academy put in specific recommendations for the acting categories, giving us and the esteemed Screen Jury great insights into the film industrys sentiments (The Jury,however,can disagree with the Academy mandate).
The idea is still in a nascent stage,but given the support that has come our way from the industry,I have no doubt that it will grow from strength to strength. A special thanks to Karan Johar,who was responsible for sowing the seeds and to Mrs Jaya Bachchan who was among the first to lend her support to the Academy.
Suffice to say then that the jury is still out but not for long. Soon enough the nominations will be out and as I always say,may the best man/woman win.
For further details,stay tuned in.