Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
When a film is pitched as a big-budget, big-ticket film and is a Diwali release to boot, expectations do shoot up.
Anthony D’Souza’s “Blue”, starring Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta and Zayed Khan is supposed to be India’s first “underwater” film, has music by A.R. Rahman and is said to have a budget of 800 million rupees.
But, as someone said after the screening, maybe they spent so much money on shooting the underwater scenes they forgot to pay someone to write a good enough story.
“Blue” falls in the same trap as most Bollywood big-budget films have in recent times (‘Kambakkht Ishq’ being a prime example) — it can’t see the wood for the trees and pays too much attention to superficial stuff while neglecting basics like story and screenplay.