10 things I hate about Bollywood

Published: December 25, 2011

Every movie has the same storyline. I PHOTO: EPA

1.  Every movie has the same storyline. In the old days, movies always involved the hot guy saving the hot girl from the villains. Now, the hot guy falls in love with the girl, but somehow they just can’t or don’t want to be together, so the movie is a series of events which makes them fall for each other. Where is the originality?

2.  There are so many issues in the world but a Bollywood film will always be a love story showing a middle aged actress falling in love with a hero who looks like her kid brother.

3.   The singing and dancing. Every 20 minutes, the actor bursts into song and, instantly, all the village people/college students/people at the mall/wedding guests start singing and dancing in sync with each other.

4.   The sound effects accompanying the fake punches and kicks. The same sounds are used for every action sequence in every movie. Bullets are seemingly absorbed into the hero’s skin and he usually loses his shirt in the fracas.

5.   The vulgarity. Was it really necessary for the heroine needs to strip down to a bikini just to dance? Item songs of yesteryear were never this raunchy. They were loved because they were good, not because the item girl was practically naked.

6.   The fact that even movies that deal with serious issues have at least one comedic character. The viewers don’t need some wannabe cowboy with a ditzy blonde for a girlfriend as comic relief.

7.   The westernisation of Indian movies is really laughable, as if they’re trying to convince themselves that that’s what they really are. Which Indian family happily lets their daughter and sisters drive in top-open cars, picking up their guy friends and going to dance clubs in locations which look strangely like Italy?

8.   There was a time when the Indian film industry was capable of producing films like Pakeeza and Mughal-e-Azam. Now, each movie seems like a caricature of the previous one.

9.   The songs. You know there’s something seriously wrong when you hear that someone’s 4-year-old daughter can sing that insane ‘Sheila’ song but still can’t recite the alphabet.

10.   The fact that people don’t realise that most Indian movies are a frame by frame copy of Hollywood movies. Who needs actual writers when just translators would do? From Three Men and a Baby to Hitch Bollywood has copied it all.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, December 25th,  2011.

Reader Comments (84)

  • Pakistani in US
    Dec 25, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Not a big fan of Bollywood (I do appreciate their hard work to develop a brand for India though). But having said that, you article is full of cliches, point after point. It’s a make believe cinema, and that’s what their masses want. And the world finds it fascinating. Win-win.

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  • Shia Pakistani
    Dec 25, 2011 - 12:56PM

    Pandora’s box has been opened

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  • Yellow
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:03PM

    finally a ’10 things I hate about…’ blog i like :)

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  • Azmat
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:05PM

    T Pasha for president!

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  • Vigilant Citizen
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:23PM

    My sentiments exactly. Sadly however, skin and sleaze has a big market and for a somewhat closed society like ours, a typical westernized/half naked desi chick is a tonic for our ‘Dirty Minds’ (Mohra reference).
    And yes, originality is lost on Bollywood.

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  • ethicalman
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:25PM

    ya bollywood 99% movies crash down in my opinion but as a true paskitani you pointed two movies that is totally muslim centric..mughla e azaam is too overrated and Pakheeze is so passively boring.. a pakistani will only like that kind of movies for obivious reason !!!

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  • Ranjit
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:29PM

    Pasha sahib, I suppose you subjected yourself to hours and hours of torture to do research (ahem!!) on this topic………sirji, if it is so bad, why bother to watch it and then write so much about it?………last time I checked, no one from India is pointing a gun at your head and forcing you to watch anything that we produce……….

    So are you now going to give up watching Bollywood movies?…….please answer truthfully…….

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  • Nishy
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:29PM

    Very cliched and unoriginal.! And true as it may be, this is the same crap that everyone comes up with all the time, strangely by the same people who seem to keep watching it in spite of all the criticism they dish out.! Waste of 5 minutes.!

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  • Raj
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:38PM

    Eleventh Thing is that you love Bollywood so much that you have found Ten Things to hate it. Jai Ho Aap Ki.

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  • Porcupine
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:43PM

    Yup Bollywood is crap,so it’s high time you guys developed your own film industry.On other note, just go to Google Trends and type Bollywood, you’ll be surprised which country tops the search chart.

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  • narayana murthy
    Dec 25, 2011 - 1:58PM

    How could you come up with ten reasons to hate Bollywood.

    Because if I give it a thought, I cannot come up with one single reason to love it.

    The last Bollywood movie that i watched by doing piracy was Dabaang. I watched it because it received National award for wholesome entertainment. I felt like vomiting after watching 30 minutes of it. And it wasn’t even because I was drunk.

    I guess, I couldn’t have tolerated 30 seconds, if I were sober!!!

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  • Malik
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:08PM

    Call me a hater but I hate everything comes from present India

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  • Malik
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:11PM

    Don’t you hate Raj named Hero in every other Movie,

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  • GS@Y
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:34PM

    I thought the 10-things-I-Hate-About-blah-blah articles were supposed to be funny, refreshing looks at commonplace cultural phenomena. This is plain boring and unoriginal.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:41PM

    Their storyline is copied from foreign movies (watch oldboy and zinda for example)
    Their songs were 100% copied from Pakistani singers. in past 2/3 years thankfully its decline in the trend.

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  • Veda
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:47PM

    I love it when guys find 10 resons to hate bollywood and still land up in whatching each and every big bollywood film!!!!!

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  • NaiveCitizen
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:56PM

    @Malik:
    LOl, I practically hate the names Raj, Vicky, Sunny, Raju, bobby…such lame names for heroes.But that what was back in the 80s. Havnt watched many Bollywoood movies in the last couple of decades, so maybe that has changed.

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  • ImnIndian
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:58PM

    u hate only something which u love the most ;)

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  • whoever
    Dec 25, 2011 - 2:59PM

    Yes, I do agree . But thing is that u got only 10 points , i have hundreds . But we tune to bollywood movies and it has reasons also. Because we are human , with full of emotions and ambitions . Bollywood fulfills that desire and hit the very weak corner of the society and that why It is still very much profitable despite many recession . After all it is better to spread love and affection than extremism . When big economies of world struggle to build one , we have been successful to manage through out years . It is all about money…..Do u understand Mr.Writer ??Until Human civilization is there on earth , such movies will be there .

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  • Prashant
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:05PM

    aarakshan, No one killed jesica, Tanu Weds Manu, Dhobi Ghat, Stanley Ka Dabba, Bbuddah… Hoga Terra Baap, Chillar Party, That Girl in Yellow Boots… all are 2011 movies and not all are love stories…. try this may be you will change your thinking about bollywood

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  • Sara
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:08PM

    before talking about bollywood, just have a look at “LOLLYWOOD”-One really feels disgusted!
    I personally believe bollywood is far better than lollywood, atleast they have a number of good movies which can be watched with family unlike LOLLYWOOD!

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  • Waqas akhtar
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:08PM

    100% agreed!

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  • antony
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:10PM

    @nativecitizen, Similary there is are millions out there like me who hate the names ghaznavi,auragazeb,sanalulah and as i see films where villains names are like these and I enjoy the villains being destroyed even more …

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  • Icydevil
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:15PM

    You actually care about bollywood??Recommend

  • Fact-pk
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:26PM

    People in India hardly know anything about Pakistani movies but I am sure everyone in Pakistan know all about Bollywood movies and songs. But still pretend that you hate all that is coming from India. Recommend

  • Sami
    Dec 25, 2011 - 3:29PM

    Truly written…

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  • Anuj
    Dec 25, 2011 - 4:12PM

    @ author….everybody knows this about bollywood including those zillions who turn out at cinemas for catching latest flick….it serves its purpose of entertainment…even though if you write 10 things you hate about it…..:)

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  • Dec 25, 2011 - 4:44PM

    At the end, you feel like a loser barati, who has to pay for the food too.
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  • Dazzling Stars
    Dec 25, 2011 - 5:10PM

    I really loved the second point, its really true now-a-days in movie! The worst part is that some unaware people start picking things from such sort of crap.

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  • Paki
    Dec 25, 2011 - 7:46PM

    So, then, why don’t we develop our own movie industry, so we don’t have to watch bollyywood movies? Why watch Bombay movies and then badmouth them? At least,they have a film industry and what do we have?

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  • hu jintao
    Dec 25, 2011 - 7:53PM

    i saw a clip from bodyguard, in pakistani theaters, lol. just ‘youtube’ it

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  • Abdullah
    Dec 25, 2011 - 8:52PM

    atleast better than lollywood….majority have message

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  • T.Pasha
    Dec 25, 2011 - 8:58PM

    To all those who believe that I watch any Bollywood movies, I can truly swear for your satisfaction that I will only watch Bollywood movies when hell freezes over. Throughout the years, the trailers have done enough torture, i don’t want to kill myself by watching all the crappy movies Bollywood has to offer.

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  • Cynical
    Dec 25, 2011 - 10:12PM

    Hate is your staple diet. Keep hating to stay healthy.
    My worry is, one day you will end up hating everything.

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  • MK
    Dec 25, 2011 - 11:00PM

    Not true at all. Bollywood has released some real entertainers – whether art movies, chick flicks or a good thriller. Look at: Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, Rang de basanti, basically all recent aamir khan movies, band baaja baraat, dor, delhi belly. very versatile.

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  • maria
    Dec 25, 2011 - 11:01PM

    i dont know why but i m getting a strong feeling that i have read it before

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  • CounterTerrorist
    Dec 25, 2011 - 11:08PM

    @Malik: You have to raise your standard to even qualify to hate the things coming from India.

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  • Malik
    Dec 25, 2011 - 11:27PM

    @CounterTerrorist: hatred does not require any standard. Even the most beautiful thing can b hated. a beggar can hate a king and vise verse. U love Indian movies that is fine with me I hate em so let me hate.

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  • adeel
    Dec 25, 2011 - 11:44PM

    should have been written some years before…….Recommend

  • Max
    Dec 26, 2011 - 12:22AM

    @ antony: May God help you,n show u the straight path..! it aint sanalullah ,its sana ullah .!

    i wud luv to make true lies 2 ,where Malik would be the name of the hero…and arnold shalwar nikkar wud be the bad guy…the terrorist that is..! run…! get to the choppaaaa ,Arabs are making minced meat outa meeee..
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  • CounterTerrorist
    Dec 26, 2011 - 12:25AM

    @T.Pasha: And you still keep watching trailers,lolz!!! Btw we must admit that the Great LOLLYWOOD people can never like BOLLYWOOD…;)
    Sometimes I wonder how can people of pakistan and somalia even rate something,i mean they are complete mess and still judging others!!

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  • Hamood
    Dec 26, 2011 - 12:25AM

    Bollywood is nothing but a copycat industry. Bollywood would never survive without Hollywood as they blatantly steal scripts and ideas from them. I have a list of hundreds of Pakistani songs that Bollywood has blatantly stolen without giving any acknowledgment or compensation. I never watch Bollywood as I consider a waste of time. Their movies are too cheesy and boring for me and are mostly for uneducated type people of sub continent.

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  • Prashant
    Dec 26, 2011 - 12:55AM

    @T.Pasha:
    now you are a fool my friend. you write the hate list about Bollywood movies without watching them. how can from watching trailor you got the whole idea about movie.

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  • Anuj
    Dec 26, 2011 - 1:29AM

    @ fake T.pasha above…….this is what you guys are FAKE individuals, living fake lives …in a fake nation…..just chillllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  • CounterTerrorist
    Dec 26, 2011 - 1:57AM

    Get a life my pakistani brothers and sisters..and realize that your simply NOBODY to judge others.

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  • Budha
    Dec 26, 2011 - 2:58AM

    T pasha: then why are you wasting time writing this article and doing all the research why you hate Bollywood?? No body in India cares what you think about Bollywood; we let the rest of the world acknowledge us for being a lucrative industry which you are not a part of.

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  • Pakistani German
    Dec 26, 2011 - 3:23AM

    @Fact-pk:
    Not everybody pretends to dislike Bollywood movies, I genuine dont like them, but not for the reasons that the author mentions, ok maybe vulgarity is one of the reasons. But generally i do not have the patience to watch a 3hour long movie. And i find songs in movies incredibly annoying Also cant stand the mixing of genres e.g. comedy, drama, tragedy, love..all thrown in one movie.

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  • Wise guy
    Dec 26, 2011 - 3:35AM

    Why do you guys watch them and play our songs in all your functions of you hate Bollywood so bad?? Hate doesn’t make one very productive and that us the reason why you are 50 years behind because you keep on hating instead of being productive.

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  • dasmir
    Dec 26, 2011 - 4:28AM

    Paradixically Amitabh Bachan is the worst thing that happened to Bombay film industry.He destroyed comedian.heroine.story,music.character actor.What you see is a rehash of 70s film and everyone is trying to sell a film on gyrating pelvis or heaving bosom of kapoor,kaif or sinha.It is really strange to see peoplepaying money to get bored.I will rather crack moongphali on chaupati than watch botox/stroid laden khans or dutts.

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  • Asif Butt
    Dec 26, 2011 - 5:29AM

    TO EVERYONE

    I dont totally agree with this article.

    The “ugly truth” is that good movies in Urdu / Hindi dont exist anymore , be it from Pakistan or India . And it takes some 3 to 5 years for Bollywood to lay a golden egg.

    And if we would make a list of 10 things we hate bout Bollywood , then honestly we should make a list of 100 things we hate bout Lollywood.

    But every cloud has a silver lining. Many Pakistani brothers/sisters will start answering to me by naming the good old few movies made in Pakistan ( mostly old ones ).

    And I must NEUTRALIZE this article by naming Indian wonder movies like BLACK , Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham , Kal Ho Na ho , Guzarish , Raaz , etc etc.

    And I think by excluding the lyrics one will find the music of A R Rahman in the Hindi movies as both mezmerizing and stunningly creative.

    I just like to face reality. And reality is simply the following two statements :

    1 – Pakistan will take another decade to get near the quality oc movie making like India.

    2 – Indian TV will have to wait for peace between India Pakistan to make way for Pakistani Drama writers and driectors to help them sort out the problems with their far from reality fake drama/soap operas.

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  • amir jafri
    Dec 26, 2011 - 5:55AM

    On tye other hand I must give credit to NFDC India , South Indians, and Bengalis who are not ashamed of theirBlack Skin and who have produced movies many of them are BETTER than the Gora movies ( which , incidentally, are in terrible decline).

    Only Iran is ruling the movie world for the past 15 years..according to the movie moguls themselves.Recommend

  • shafiq
    Dec 26, 2011 - 9:03AM

    @ pasha

    You know the reason why our film industry is in a dismal state? We fail to acknowledge others sucess and learn from them, when the whole world acknowledges it.

    You may like it or not but the matter of the fact remains that pakistanis right from ages 15-70 love bollywood ( yes there are some intellectually superior guys who find it fashoinable to think otherwise), and thats the reason our cinemas majorly exhibit only indian movies.

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  • JaySabir
    Dec 26, 2011 - 9:17AM

    isn’t it foolish to comment on something thats not targeted for us?

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  • ooh la la
    Dec 26, 2011 - 10:43AM

    @pasha

    I agree with you 100%

    In fact bollywood should take inspiration from our pashto & punjabi film industry.
    pakistani pashto & punjabi movies are so classy, chique, exclusive, upmarket, technologicaly superior ( cant find adjectives).

    How can the world ignore them? unbeleivable.

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  • Akhtar
    Dec 26, 2011 - 12:42PM

    Read the article…. Now going to watch Don 2…!!!

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  • lionheart
    Dec 26, 2011 - 1:26PM

    @T Pasha.

    If you havent watched any bollywood movies who on earth are you to comment on things to hate about them? Just by trailers!! Dont you really expect anyone to beleive that? You are just jelous you have no Entertainment industry of any standard at all.Recommend

  • lionheart
    Dec 26, 2011 - 1:36PM

    @Asif Butt:

    Stop thinking that Bollywood is the be all and the end all of entertainment in India. We have regional cinema, Plays and dramas that shall blow you over. They are not in Hindi and therfore you dont see them on national level and certainly not on any pakistani radar. However They are of impeccable originality and offer top quality entertainment. Many of the regional cinemas and plays get nominated in international film festivals and some even win the awards. I cannot disagree more with you on your point number 2.

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  • cray
    Dec 26, 2011 - 3:14PM

    @pasha

    Please watch Don 2 , Very Stylish & Uber cool.

    Watched it in a theatre in Hamburg -Germany (can u beleive it), germans liked it too.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Saba
    Dec 26, 2011 - 7:24PM

    this could have been ten times better if only the writer knew how to write satire

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  • gp65
    Dec 26, 2011 - 8:09PM

    A couple of points for the author:
    1. Don’t watch if you don’t enjoy. You are not the target audience anyway.
    2. Some of the things you mentioned are simply factually wrong:

    2a. All movies do NOT have the same storyline. If I look at the movies in 2010 – I see none of these movies similar to the others: – Band Baaja Baraat, Patiala House, Dhobi Ghaat, Aarakshan, Bbuddhah hoga Tera Baap, No One Killed Jessica, Tanu Weds Manu, Bodyguard, Desi Boyz, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Singham, Ra.One, Delhi Belly, Rockstar, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Dirty Picture, Don2.
    Some were hits and some were flops but each one of these is different from the other.

    2b. According to you the girl is much older and seems to be cavorting with much younger men who could pass of as her kid brother: Are you sure you have been watching Bollywood? If anything, the problem is the other way around.

    2c. People DO realize that SOME of the movies are adaptations of Western movies and they are still Okay with that because they are in local language. But definitely there are many original movies. I fyou just look at the list above you will find several.

    These movies are fantasies so the songs, are part of that. That is the Bollywood package. In fact that is the reason Bollywood is so popular in so many parts of the world. If you check you-tube, you will find people from Latin America, o Europe to Japan and Korea dancing to Bollywood songs. This contributes to India’s soft power. SOmething you may not realize.

    Not all movies have fight sequences and anyway even i Hollywood, the all powerful hero conquers all. Not sure what your beef is against Bollywood on that score.

    Westernisation is a growing trend in India and the concept of girls having boyfriends is not uncommon in upper middle class metros. So this is not as far fetched as you think.

    If your 4 year old does not know alphabets and can sing Sheila then you are obviously not paying attention to his upbringing. Why does he not know his alphabets at that age? Why are you not monitoring what he sees a little better?

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  • amir jafri
    Dec 27, 2011 - 1:09AM

    Indians have an itch to become slaves of goraas again..Their whole caste system is nothing but colour bar..Watch a Bollywood movie ( MOLLYWOOD NOW?) and the step out of the theatre…Dirt, street defecation, beggars, leprosy, and urinating cows…Arrrrghh..THE DIRTIEST FILTHIEST REALITY..NO wonder they need such a fantasy to live in la la land.

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  • cray
    Dec 27, 2011 - 8:42AM

    @amir jafri:

    at least better than living in the fear of getting blown up any moment

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  • hazel
    Dec 27, 2011 - 8:50AM

    @amir jafri:

    i can understand the pain you are going through.
    Being a citizen of a failed nation is always a difficult thing to swallow and sometimes unintentionally the anger pangs out on the indian film industry.

    I think if you can just manage the fear of getting blown up any moment, in a decade or so you can match indias growth and development.

    Dont loose heart, try harder, work harder.

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  • nona
    Dec 27, 2011 - 9:32AM

    why do you people write so much about bollywood ? it’s not for you. It’s for indians in india and overseas. Why comment on something that is not meant for you.

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  • Naveed Ikram
    Dec 27, 2011 - 1:42PM

    I have yet to read more cliched piece of prose in a long time. Every comment and every point (sic) made is so outdated. Probably last time the writer watched an Indian (pirated) movies was 35 years back.

    And his comment about the ‘social values’ in India are morbid and hilarious to say the least. Has he ever been to India? Has he seen lifestyle of modern, educated and liberated young boys and girls? The social ‘values’ he has fancied to be prevalent in India don’t exist even in Mansoora (Lahore) today.

    Please save us from such gems of utter stupidity. Is electronic media is not enough for that?

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  • shaq
    Dec 27, 2011 - 2:03PM

    The writer is lost somewhere in the time machine .
    The refernces he is making are of pre rajesh khanna days about 40 years back( dhishum dhishum et al……).
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  • Asif Butt
    Dec 27, 2011 - 3:36PM

    @nona:

    No Sir/Madam.
    The Indian film industry doesnt just make its money from Indian viewers.
    Common sense not so common…..

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  • Cynical
    Dec 27, 2011 - 6:14PM

    @shaq

    You are right.May be the author watches only 60′s and 70′s movies.

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  • Iceman
    Dec 28, 2011 - 1:15PM

    And you like Hollywood? Lollywood? any other wood?

    Some cliches abt Hollywood –
    1) Aliens attack earth, nope only US, some chap saves humanity in the end. Repeated 100s of times.
    2) Batman, Superman, Frogman, Dogman, etc are not real-life characters
    3) Vampires, giant spiders, giant crocs, exist only in US
    4) There is a psycho-killer in every third movie.

    I can go on. But I think I’ve made the point. Btw, I still love hollywood movies.

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  • Aamir khan
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:32PM

    I hate you(bollywood) like I love you

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  • F K
    Dec 28, 2011 - 11:57PM

    I’m really surprised of how many Indians there are posting on a Pakistani website to tell us how little Pakistan means to them. They seem to spend a lot of time on this site (?).

    Yes, plagiarism is rife in Bollywood, both in music and storylines. There have been lawsuits now from almost every US production company towards different movies. Some movies are okay, some are good and some are terrible although I haven’t watched Indian movies in a long time so I’m speaking about movies at least 5-6 years ago. There may definitely be some good movies but to me, the ones that are marketed the most all seem the same. And if you think that these movies are made for Indian audiences, then you have no idea about the target demographic in large markets like the UAE, UK and USA. Why do you think these stars are in UAE every other month for stage shows? I think the general consensus was that India makes better movies, and Pakistan makes better TV serials and music. At least I still think this. As globalization sets in more and more, plagiarism will decrease. Not by choice of course, but you can no longer get away with it.

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  • Indian
    Dec 29, 2011 - 1:38AM

    Bollywood has “3-Idiots” but pakistan has atleast one “T Pasha”.

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  • desi american
    Dec 29, 2011 - 9:33AM

    @Indian:

    that was a real good one.

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  • Abbas
    Dec 30, 2011 - 6:40AM

    @Asif Butt: I can tell you India has enough talent that it will seriously never consider Pakistan that radically changed since partition. To expect that you are in a position to help Indians make TV shows is ” height of delusionary thinking”. It takes some degree of intelligence to know how an ordinary Indian today views a Pakistani -not far from a taliban suicide bomber-…unfortunately. But you have the right to dream…keep dreaming…

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  • rp
    Dec 31, 2011 - 4:18PM

    see THREE IDIOTS

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  • Jan 3, 2012 - 9:55PM

    last point is right

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  • Asif Butt
    Jan 4, 2012 - 11:04PM

    @Abbas:

    People with low self esteem can never envision a better and prosperous Pakistan , I agree with you…Recommend

  • Talal
    Jan 7, 2012 - 12:37PM

    yes…some of the points i agree upon are that the films can do great without the songs even…i mean whats the need for songs every half hour…watch hollywood, how they release their soundtracks and use it in perfect sequences for their films, songs must be put to the end and then work their way such that the story should be so great that one would love to hear its music tooo…
    second is that, besides being quite original too, lot of recent flicks especially from emraan hashmi and bhatt brotherss… are copied all the way i mean i know films that even copy dialogues man , cant they even find good creative screenwriters to write something good….or use your literature,most of the movies from hollywood are either based on novels or old stories…cant you find anything in their novels, being such a huge country with such a huge history and writers???

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  • Rumi Balkhi
    Jan 13, 2012 - 1:29AM

    The ironic thing is that Lollywood imitates Bollywood and everyone in Pakistan involved in show business wants to work in Mumbai. Go figure. The hypocrisy is killing me. Recommend

  • Kashmiri KHAN
    Jan 13, 2012 - 10:56PM

    …& amazingly, you never find anything about any of the Pakistani/ Nepali/ Sri Lankan/ Bangladeshi/ Chinese (old or new) movies, in any of the existing Indian media, let alone any Indian newspaper. It’s either Hollywood or Bollywood ( even a PAN-WALA knows TOM CRUISE / names of English movies here…and of course the HOT-SCENES they feature). An Islamic country debating over the movies made in it’s non-Islamic neighborhood…Simple Irony!

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  • Raza
    Jan 14, 2012 - 4:14AM

    I dont agree with 1.; I think a lot more original plots have come into play over the last few years, even if the direction hasn’t been as good. Totally agree with points 5 and 9 though. Like seriously; whats with the bikini craze settling in?

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  • Marcino
    Jan 30, 2012 - 5:30AM

    Movies are solely made for entertainment, Its up to you whether you wanna get entertained or waist your time in pointing out the flaws in the movies.
    I bet, 99% of this people who are criticizing bollywood would be watching this movies everyday,but even then they would point out flaws.

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  • lmao
    Feb 5, 2012 - 4:25PM

    you said it all (y)

    its not only the movies that they copy though..anyone noticed the shows? “indian idol” (american idol), “zor ka jhatka” (wipe out), khatron k khilaari (fear factor), big boss (big brother), shararat (sabrina the teenage witch), india’s minute to win it (minute to win it) and the list goes on…

    really, they seem so proud of bollywood, reacting to criticism as if their lives depend on it. you’ll only be truly appreciated if you bring some originality in your movies, oh and try not making everyone of them into a 3 hour long musical?
    just saying.

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  • catalan
    Feb 6, 2012 - 2:30PM

    @lmao:

    the copies you mentioned are in fact franchisee’s of the originals.
    The indian production housea are loaded with cash and have paid for it. Its legal.

    Can understand your ignorance since you guys are quiet alien to this system.

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