Agent Vinod has lost!
The deterioration of the Bharati cinema is palpable. It is no longer an art–its a sequence of mismatched scenes cobbled together with songs and dances and high speed chases and action scenes stolen from Hollywood. Most Bharati Bollywood “movies” are rip offs of American movies or recycled hackneyed themes of love triangles. The best movies about Bharat are made outside Bharat–in Canada and in the US. The series, Earth, Wind and Fire are true depictions of Bharati society and were made in Canada by a brave Bharati woman named Deepak Mehta. Those movies are not box-office hits because the pullulating millions eking out a living on the streets of Bharat are not looking for reality, they see it everyday. After a 16 hour work, before the struggling Bharati returns to the sidewalk (which is home to half the populations of Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Benaras, Kolkota etc) the citizens of Bharat (which hosts 79% of the world’s poor) want to get on a high–a fantasy trip of gyrating pelvises, and scantly clad women with made-up beauty which is never found on the streets of any Bharati city. Sitting in a Bharati theater in the US shows the contrast. Not one of the women in the mostly Bharati audience comes close to the complexion or the beauty on the Bollywood screen. The short dark hunched back women in the audience also want a fantasy trip–
This brings up to the latest brouhaha about Agent Vinod. The Pakistanis have apparently banned the cheap Western rip-off. Agent Vinod does what Bollywood does best, malign, and accuse–and create some of nationhood for a country made up of 560 states. Like all Bharati movies the first few scenes create the momentum and the tune. Bollywood hires foreign technicians to make the first five minutes–then the movie deteriorates into “Made in India” mode, studio scenes and the regular rigmarole.
The action scenes are so silly that only 4 year olds can believe them. Most of the movie is about a love-interest and the song and dance that goes with it.
For some strange reason Bharatis are very proud of their soft-porn industry called Bollywood, and they should be equally proud of their hard-porn industry–now the largest in the world. Both produce abject trash with no redeeming value. Those who watch it do so due to lack of real entertainment and real movies. The Russians used cinema to dramatic affect by producing high-class movies and then created a culture of opera, dance, and fine arts which has inspired generations with classy stuff. Even the Iranians have been able to use cinema to good affect by not deteriorating the morals of the society. Bharat has taken the cheap sensational and pornographic route. The entire society is depicted as love-crazed frustration over the opposite sex with dances which could never exist in real life. Hence the status of the society–bereft of any class. One thing that Bollywood does well is translate entire Hollywood movies and depicts them in a South Asia decor. Hence the audience watches a Hollywood move in a local setting–even though the reproduction is shoddy, punctured with lewd song and dance sequences.
I used to be that Pakistanis could take an entire family out to watch an “Indian” movie. Now that is rare on two counts. The soft-porn nature of the movies makes it impossible to watch with children. Secondly the content has deteriorated to such an extent that classics like Mughal e Azam and Umran Jaan Ada are a relic of the past, never to be resurrected. Joda Akbar was a good attempt and a good movie, but such instances are rare.
The Bharati movie industry has learned that Anti-Pakistan films don’t ever make it to box-office success. Most Bharati movies make most of their money in the West. Large Pakistani and Bangladeshi audineces boycott anti-Muslim films that try to conjure up Mahabharata–hence the movies don’t rake in as many Dollars are those that stay neutral.
Sriram Raghavan‘s film ‘Agent Vinod’ is banned in Pakistan because of the obvious reasons, it portrays Pakistani is a bad light. A permanent ban on Indian films was placed in Pakistan in 1965 which was lifted after 43 years in 2008. Lifting the ban was a mistake. The aftereffects of Bollywood movies are disastrous. This is not a Pakistani concern, it is also a Bharati one. Bollywood should be banned for the same reason that US media does not broadcast XXX movies over the airwaves, and one has to be 21 to watch it in a theater. Bollywood does not have a rating system, so all Pakistani and Bharati youth are exposed to nonsense, which even American children do not get exposed to. Either Bollywood comes up with affective ways to shield the children from soft-porn, or it should be banned pending a strict rating system. Bollywood does not produce films for kids!
Bollywoods lecherous heroes, and wanton dowagers portrays an alien culture, and destroys the moral turpitude of the youth, who need positive direction. being love-lorn and chasing girls on buses and cars is not a national pastime for Pakistanis and should not be. The hope was that lifting the ban would allow Pakistani films and dramas to reach the Bharati audiences. Bharat has not imported Pakistani movies–except for a couple which reinforced the Pakistani stereotype, “Bol” and “Khuda Keh Liyeh”. Thus Lollywood has been a net loser as has been the Pakistani audience.
Pip-squeaks from across the border are challenging the Pakistani ban under the guise of “freedom of expression”. However they don’t even know that Pakistani channels are banned in Bharat and even the dramas cannot be shown on cable TV in Bharat. has produced high-class television and drama–devoid of lewdness. It produced and still generates good clean entertainment which one can watch with the entire family. Hence most Bharatis enjoy that culture and that medium. Bharati audiences are big losers when Bharati Cable companies are not allowed to broadcast Pakistan dramas.
The current ban on Agent Vinod is silly. Pakistan should ban all Bharati movies, and institute a 1-on-1 exchange program. For each Bahrati movie that is imported into Pakistan, Bharat should import one Pakistani movie. Bharati Tv bans Pakistani shows and dramas–that ban should be lifted if Bharat wants to sell movies in Pakistan
The current thinking in Pakistan is–it cant be a two way street. If Bharat bans Pakistani cricketers from IPL why should Pakistan allow Bollywood porno films from opening in Pakistan.
It is true that many Bharati Khans are enjoy the stature of superstars in Pakistan. However Pakistani cricket superstars are not allowed to play in the IPL.
It is true that banning increases the curiosity enhances the pirated DVDs and internet downloads. However the point is made. This denies the likes of Raghvan the revenue that he would get from Pakistani theaters. If Raghvan wants to make money in Pakistan, his content should not be anti-Pakistani–else he will lose revenue. Its his choice!
Pakistani film-goers will vote with their Dollars, and their Rupees. Pakistani film authorities will vote with their clot and deny Bollywood the profits that they hope to make.
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