In a calendar year “Bollywood” churns out on an average 1000 films belonging to several genres. Now, the movies generally made in the Hindi film industry belong to varied genres such as family drama, slapstick comedy, tragedy etc. However, it is the “political satire” genre that seems to have been neglected by the film industry. The recently released critically acclaimed Bollywood movie “Newton” directed by Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao is one rare case of a brilliantly made satirical film based on politics. So, the question to be asked is, why does “Bollywood” make so few political satires?. A few answers to the this extremely relevant question are as follows:

Rajkummar Rao in a scene from the movie “Newton”, a rare brilliantly made political satire to be produced in “Bollywood” recently (Source: Rediff.com)

1. “POLITICAL SATIRE” IS A RISKY TOPIC TO BROACH FOR “BOLLYWOOD” BECAUSE:

Nasserudin Shah and Ravi Baswani in the Kundan Shah directed “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron”, one of “Bollywood’s” finest “political satire” (Source: Cinestaan.com)

Politics in India is an extremely “sensitive” issue, and most of the filmmakers in Bollywood do not want to upset individuals in position of power. Furthermore, most directors in Bollywood look for a subject that would guarantee instant success at the box office, and unfortunately a satire based in the political world is not one that allows the filmmakers to recover costs, and also make significant profits. In addition, since a political satire cannot ensure big box office numbers the investor (i.e. producer) a key component in film making is even more afraid to gamble on such a subject, which basically means that more such movies cannot be made.

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2. “POLITICAL SATIRE” REQUIRES WRITING FILLED WITH QUALITY HUMOUR  WHICH “BOLLYWOOD” LACKS BECAUSE :

A scene from yet another brilliant political satire produced in “Bollywood” directed by Anusha Rizvi and produced by Aamir Khan Productions (Source: IMDb)

Firstly, there are no good writers available  in the industry since they are not treated with respect as a result of which are not paid well. This is basically due to the fact that for years now filmmakers in “Bollywood” have not placed enough importance on “content”. So, it is due to this clear lack of writers in “Bollywood” that prevents a  good “political satire” (which requires good writing) film  from being produced. In addition, the very few writers that do taste success in “Bollywood” tend to try and stick to a kind of writing that has tasted success in the past, and do not experiment with any new ideas.

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3. “POLITICAL SATIRE” IS BASED ON BLACK HUMOUR, WHICH THE INDIAN SOCIETY DOES NOT UNDERSTAND AS A RESULT OF WHICH:

Boman Irani and Minissha Lamba in the well directed “Bollywood” political satire “Well Done Abba” directed by the great Shyam Benegal (Source: Livemint)

There are very few filmmakers who have attempted to produce  such a film.  This lack of understanding is simply due to the fact that India as a society is more attuned to “laughing at others” rather than “laughing at oneself”. It is this inability to laugh at “self” that compels filmmakers in Bollywood to produce more “slapstick” comedies, and cater to the demands of the audience. So, the “moral of this story” is that unless the Indian society learns to view life with a “sense of humour” satirical movies based on politics shall always remain an exception rather than a norm.

The success of “Newton” at the box office as well as its selection to represent India at the Oscars in 2018, has certainly proven that an intelligently made “political satire” does have a place in “Bollywood” provided more directors show the “will”, and producers back it up with “money”.

 

 

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In a calendar year 'Bollywood' churns out on an average 1000 films belonging to several genres. Now, the movies generally made in the Hindi film industry belong to varied genres such as family drama, slapstick comedy, tragedy etc. However, it is the 'political satire' genre that seems to have...