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Has Bollywood run out of heroes?

Javed AkhtarAt the ongoing FICCI Frames conference, during a very engaging debate on scripts in Indian cinema, writer Javed Akhtar came up with an interesting observation.

He said Bollywood had run out of heroes and therefore run out of villains as well, because contemporary Indian society had run out of morality.

“You cannot have great stories without great characters and you cannot have great characters without clear-cut morality and aspiration,” Akhtar who has co-written some of Hindi cinema’s classics, said at the debate.

He also recounted the villains down the years in Hindi cinema. In the 50s, it was the landowner, in the 60s the factory owner, the 70s saw the underworld gangster as the villain and later as the hero while the policeman became the villain.

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