Comments on: Has Bollywood run out of heroes? Bollywood and culture in an emerging India Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:39:46 +0000 hourly 1 By: VipulTripathi Fri, 19 Mar 2010 06:19:45 +0000 I think Akhtar may be referring more to his style of writing scripts — the argument about disappearance of heroes appears to be self-serving.

“Clear-cut morality” is so boring and predictable like Salim-Javed’s Amitabh Bacchan.

Thank god we are free (though not entirely) of the 50s, 60s and 70s cliches of the rich being always bad and the middle class being always (frustrated? and) holier-than-thou.

Some of the greatest characters/heroes — on screen and in real life are appealing because of the morally ambiguous universe they operate in.

DevDas in DevD is a hero, thought not in the way Akhtar would like him to be…FORMULAIC.

The epics, the old testament are full of such “heroic” characters — think Hector and Patroclus or David and Baathsheba or the characters from the hindu epics or Macbeth or Hamlet….

Of course, Javed Akhtar knows a lot more about that than any layperson.

Then why does he offer such mindless remarks?