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The Great Film Debate

Amitabh in BaghbanIs Bollywood Dying?

Sapna Dutta posed this question on Take Two on Sunday 9th November. Listen again to the full debate.

When was the last time you watched a Bollywood film and enjoyed it?  Do you think Bollywood is thinking more along the lines of quantity rather than quality?   Does Bollywood influence you in your everyday life?  Is it the only link there is to Asian culture in Britain? Do you think that after films like Devdas, Bollywood is finally getting the recognition it deserves from world media?  We hear about the continual flops week in week out - so is Bollywood dying? 

Sapna spoke to Mahesh Bhatt and Yash Chopra to find out what they think about the subject. We also heard from actors Rahul Bose, Jackie Shroff, Gulshan Grover, directors Dipak Tijori and Rakesh Roshan and actress Juhi Chawla on their views about this subject.

Here's what some of you think:

"I really don't think that Bollywood is dying out, I mean for one I know that the new generation, like me, still watch Bollywood films and I think thats a pretty good step towards the survivalship of Bollywood". - P.Sagar, New Zealand

"Its a dying industry in terms of quality. It seems such a tragedy, growing up with Bollywood films, its a part of my culture." - Chris Rajan, Illford

"I don't think Bollywood is dying. One must remember that Bollywood has to entertain a massive rural population in India. Films like Pinjar, Lagaan, Bhoot and Company which might prove appealing to urban audience, don't do well at rural centres. Hence producers try to take the middle path, and make films with the same old story, song and dance. Tere Naam, a disaster of a movie did well in interior India. But there directors who are trying to make good movies- Ram Gopal Varma, JP Dutta, and Ketan Mehta (The Rising). Its definately not the end of the road for Bollywood." - Arn, Mumbai

"I'm a massive Bollywood fan, and if i have to be completely honest, Bollywood would not be alive right now if it wasn't for Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and also Aamir Khan, they really are the only thing keeping it up. The reason is because almost every other actor is doing the same roles every time, they are predictable and the acting isn't good enough." - Umer Khan, Birmingham

Continue the discussion: read what other people are saying and take part in the discussion online on the Message Board.


Is Bollywood Dying?

Yes 51%
No 49%

Total votes: 98

Votes are indicitive and do not reflect public opinion 
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"With Bollywood films you can remain in touch with your own culture and as long that remains Bollywood will remain.- shabbaNO1

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