Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Film-maker Ram Gopal Varma, in a recent chat, said films are like products which have to be manufactured and treated accordingly. I’m sure Priyadarshan agrees. He certainly seems to make his films like assembly line products — all style, no substance.
“Tezz“, similar to the Japanese movie “The Bullet Train”, is supposed to be a high-speed action thriller about a bomb on a long-distance train. Ajay Devgn plays Aakash Rana, an illegal immigrant in London who is deported to India, along with his co-workers after he is found working without a permit.
Anyone else would’ve found a better way to reclaim their life but Aakash hits upon the idea of planting a bomb on a train and asking for ransom, so that he can take revenge on a government which wants to deport “hardworking people” (notwithstanding minor details like whether they have a valid work visa or not).
He enlists the help of his co-workers and fellow illegal immigrants Megha (Sameera Reddy) and Adil (Zayed Khan). As the train races from London towards its destination and Aakash makes the ransom call, he realises he is up against two Indian officials (how all the top UK law enforcement officials are Indian is a mystery to me).
Spending Sunday evening standing in a dusty, arid place, waiting more than three hours for one person to show up, is certainly not my idea of fun. However, when the person in question is Tom Cruise, the equation changes.
Mr Cruise was to turn up at a red carpet event in Mumbai, organised before a fan screening of his latest film — “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”
Setting out to create a Bollywood blockbuster? Just make sure you have all the right ingredients — big budget, famous actors, foreign locales, fabulous music.
Wait, something’s missing — yes, the script.
Unfortunately for Subhash Ghai, the era of formula films has long gone and even the most ambitious project can’t afford to take it easy in the writing department.