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IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON CINEMA

It’s not a secret , that the film industry have been badly hit. People  have no option left, but  sought to watching cinema in their home theatre and enjoying themselves. The question whether we would be able to watch the curtain falls anymore ,or not seems to haunt us.Even during the time IPL was set to come, there  was fear in the minds of producers that the films would  take a back seat for the summer months, and they might have to postpone the dates. Little did  they know, that these IPL would go on to become one of the biggest platforms, to launch their films.

In this industry , the flow of the content and the quality of content holds  a lot of importance. There is doubt as to how the cinemas would react once the pandemic is over. Will they ever get back to the same state .Maybe , they can start with stuff that have been postponed ,like releasing movies such as Sooryavanshi, etc. This movies  , might be able to get the crowd  back. The 183 billion industry have gone off to affect the daily wagers adversely. It’s first major impact was seen when Rohit Shetty’ s movie Sooryavanshi , had to postponed. This  led to the postponement of several other big projects like “Haathi Meri Sathi”.

Bollywood Is the largest  film industry in the world, though world  believes Hollywood to be the biggest film industry. The Indian film industry provides employments to thousands of people. People are at this moment, are not entering the industry and are mainly shifting to online channels for entertainment .This is the reason why there has been a  drastic surge in the subscription of Amazon Prime, Netflix in India during the lockdown period. Such portals, are way superior than our normal television shows. They offer a plethora of shows, series and movies fit for people of all ages, and with wide range of options. Films  and  series , released on such platforms earned a lot by way of commissioning. This was done by movie makers , considering the fact that the theatres would be the last to open , and they’ve to  pay back the money taken for the production , along with interest.

Movies, like “Gulabo Sitabo”  skipped the theatrical release and went straight to be released on Amazon prime, since the producer had to bear the mounting costs. Releasing on such platforms, might give the additional benefit of no tention of clearance from the censor certification. This however ,takes a dig on the rural population .Since they cannot  afford the subscription fees, they would never be able to get hold of such movies. Big budget movies like “Laxxmi Bomb” ,  is not thinking about releasing on OTT  platforms, as they have a chance of hitting the 300 crore club , and releasing it on OTT platforms would not cover the costs.

One is for sure that the Pandemic have changed the way people consume entertainment, the viewing patterns and the behaviour during this pandemic  ,though not for forever.

The force of nostalgia is strong with the remakes

It seems that video game companies are giving us more reasons to stay indoors and stay safe by rebooting/remastering or even completely remaking our favorite video games. Remember the times, when you used to live out your gangster fantasies in Mafia or Saints Row, or run from the Nemesis of Resident Evil 3? Well, get ready to that all over again in your sweet new 4k monitors.

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The trend of remakes took off in 2019 with the Resident Evil 2 remake, which was a complete overhaul of the 1998 version and the entire game was redone in a new engine from scratch. It received positive reviews from both fans and critics and became one the bestselling games of 2019. Continuing the trend, 2020 has turned out to be the year of video game remakes. Games like Resident Evil 3 and Final Fantasy VII are re-made on completely new engines and been given a full makeover. While resident evil 3 received mostly positive reviews, Final Fantasy VII broke sales record. Activision followed suit with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remaster.

2K and Activision also announced the release of Mafia trilogy with Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven getting a complete makeover and Mafia II getting an HD remaster. People are now eagerly waiting for the remade Mafia (2002), one of the best video games in history. Not only that, Saints Row 3 remaster was released by Deep Silver games on 22th May and has been received well. Fans of Tony Hawk Pro skater can also rejoice as the games being remade with better graphics and a complete new look. The gameplay demo looked amazing and looks like we’re are getting another record braking remake.

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In a year of big AAA releases like Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077, Ghost of Tsushima etc it feels amazing to find out that people are still excited to play these older classics. Apart from that it reintroduces these games to an entire new generation of gamers. Of Course, the video game companies are quite happy to cash in on the nostalgia factor associated with these classic games. Why take the risk of creating something new when they can milk money out of older IP’s. Old is literally gold for them.

Evolution of Bollywood- from 1920’s to 2020

Lights Camera Action……..!!!!!

The word Bollywood is a play on Hollywood, with the B coming from Bombay (now known as Mumbai), which is the center of the Indian film world.The word was coined in the 1970
As their popularity grow, movies created in the Mumbay’s reached the number of 200 annual movies, West continued to ignore cinema efforts of Indian filmmakers, but they acknowledged them when India managed to overtook America as the biggest producer of movies in the world.

In 1913 and the silent film “Raja Harishchandra”the first-ever Indian feature film and First full-length Bollywood silent movie.Its producer, Dadasaheb Phalke, was Indian cinema’s first mogul, and he oversaw the production of 23 films between 1913 and 1918 Dadasaheb Phalke is considered the father of Indian cinema.

Its great success paved the way for the countless movies that followed him and the expansion of the indian cinema industry to incredible heights. One of the largest successes of that time was “Alam Ara” from 1931, sound movie that became basis of the joyful modern Bollywood musical. First Indian Colour movie “Kisan Kanya” was created in 1937, but such movies found popularity only in late 1950s and early 1960s.

Gaining independence from the British Raj was tough and spanned from 1857 to 1947 – lasting a gruelling 900 years. However, the struggles in gaining India’s independence enthused the film industry. Some of the most critically acclaimed films in Indian cinema were created during this time and explored the difficult working-class life in India and the reality of urban life.

It was around 1947 that the industry went through significant changes. The historical and mythological stories of the past were now being replaced by social-reformist films, The 1950s saw filmmakers such as Bimal Roy and Satyajit Ray focusing on the lives of the lower classes, who until then were mostly ignored as subjects.

Golden Age of Indian cinema took place between 1940s and 1960s. During that time countless influential Bollywood movies were released, exploring new storytelling techniues, social themes (mostly struggles and wonders of urban life), epic productions such as Mother India (1957). This period also popularized many Indian actors (Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Guru Dutt) and actresses such as (Nargis, Vyjayanthimala, Meena Kumari, Nutan, Madhubala, and others).

1950 – The decade of extreme close-up The black and white era of 1950s was marked by songs shot in static frames with all the action happening through the eyes and eyebrows of our lead actors. So from extreme close-ups of the face to some relevant cut-ins of the moon, the flowers and the rustling of leaves, Bollywood songs welcomed more elements of dynamics of romance. Leading from the 1960s to the early 1970s came the birth of Modern Bollywood Cinema. This included the domination of two distinct genres: boy-meets-girl romance films and gritty action productions.

1960 – The decade of pure dance and enchnating eyes
Actors like Vyjayanthimala, Waheeda Rehman and Mala Sinha slowly brought dance in the 1960s. Songs like “Honton Mein Aisi Baat” and “Piya Tose Naina Laage Re” resonate not just the beauty of these divas but also the sanctity of songs of this era. Even in their guest appearances Helen, Bindu and Aruna Irani became the perfect face of RD Burman’s tracks in the 1970s. They either happened inside the villain’s den or were meant to add thrill to the climax. From “Piya Tu Ab To Aaja” to “Mera Naam Hai Shabnam” and “Chadti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani”, the songs of this phase still hold a place in our party playlist.In the 1970’s the name “Bollywood” was officially coined as conventions of commercial Bollywood films truly became defined.

1980 – The decade of growing romance.
Come 1980s and the royal reign of RD Burman continued Parveen Babi and Zeenat Aman lead the epic playlist of this era. “Pyar Mein Dil Pe Maar De Goli” had as much stuff happening in the song as in “Pyaar Karne Wale”.
Music and songs in this period were intimately connected to the storyline. They were written and woven as per the requirements of the film and in the respective situations.While Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Kishore Kumar and Hemant Kumar were the mainstay of the playback singing scene, big actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor gave them the apt face value. This perfect combination reciprocated well onscreen too. Bachchan’s songs were either playful or had intense action happening (not literal fighting but the thrill of the climax).
Towards the second half of 1980s and early 1990s, we had films like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Ram Lakhan, Saajan and Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin – all musical blockbusters. On the other side of the camera, it introduced us with the voices of Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu, on the front these songs majorly had a dreamy set-up, making anyone fall in love. There was romance, longing, betrayal and confessions and every aspect was shot with a proper screenplay of its own. Each song, be it “Pehla Nasha”, “Ae Mere Humsafar”, “Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin” or “Bahut Pyar Karte Hain”, made us believe in love.

1990 – The decade of Celebration.
The 80s and 90s brought back spotlight romantic musicals and family-centric films, and in 1995, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was released. Becoming the highest grossing Bollywood film of the year and one of the most successful Indian films its soundtrack became one of the most popular of the 1990s. Even today, the film has been showing at a Mumbai cinema, Maratha Mandir, since its original release in 1995. A portion of the 1990s also introduced us to the three khans, madhuri dixit and others.

2000 – The decade of quick moves
Bollywood finally managed to reach outside of India and land in the West. Many of their lavish productions received significant box office success all around the world, especially after the critical success of “Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India” in 2001.

Fourteen days into the new millennium, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai launched Hrithik Roshan overnight superstardom.
Dil Chahta Hai (2001) was differentThe songs by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. One of its lines, appropriately, announced – Hum Hai Naye Andaz Kyun Ho Purana. penned by Javed Akhtar give Dil Chahta Hai a socio-cultural perspective.
A lot was going on in the 2000s. Single screens started to make way for multiplexes. The Hindi film industry, leaving the days of dubious underworld fundings behind, was being corporatised.Stars reinvented themselves. Amitabh Bachchan started acting his age. Aamir Khan – enabler, collaborator, producer and not just actor – promised quality mainstream entertainment, and delivered on most counts Rang De Basanti,Taare Zameen Par,3 Idiots,Hera Pheri (2000) helped find Akshay Kumar, an action star in the 90s, his sublime comic side. Shah Rukh did some of his most loved films – Kal Ho Na Ho (2003), Swades (2004) and Chak De India (2007); Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om.
Lage Raho Munnabhai – which established Raju Hirani as a major director .
New faces like Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai added to the star value. Both being brilliant dancers with beautiful personalities shone onscreen. Aamir’s antics in tracks like “Aati Kya Khandala”, made each of their song a national favourite. And amid Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham to fix any loose ends. This phase saw the canvas of songs grow to exorbitant levels. Bollywood has inspired films overseas including Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire which won four Golden Globes and eight Academy Awards, and Moulin Rouge which director Baz Luhrmann says was influenced by Bollywood Musicals

2010 – The decade of New era
As 2000s entered its second decade, the “item songs” were back and with more action. 2010 alone gave us two of the biggest recent tracks – “Munni Badnaam” and “Sheila Ki Jawani”.

This was the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone-Anushka Sharma-Ranveer singh phase giving movies – Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani, Bajirao Mastani,Ramleela, Sui Dhaaga Their songs emphasised their beauty as the camera moved in and out of their face to their chiselled appearance.

In years to come, Abhishek Chaubey’s revisionist dacoit film, Sonchiriya, and two fine festival titles from 2018:
historicals (Manikarnika, Panipat), war films (Uri: The Surgical Strike), action blockbusters (War),patriotic (Kesari)
Also blockbuster Khan’s gave ,Bajrangi Bhaijaan,sultan , My name is khan,Raees, Dangal and PK, and he made a killing overseas and Secret Superstar.
Shahid kapoor –Jab We Met,Kabir Singh ,Ayushmann khurrana – Dum laga ke haisha, Dream girl, bareilly ki barfi, Sushant Singh Rajput – Kai Po Che, Chhichhore, M. S.Dhoni, Rajkummar Rao – Stree and Pankaj Tripathi. This new Middle Cinema dovetailed with arthouse film Masaan.
This decade, several actors joined Manoj Bajpayee and Irrfan Khan- Hindi Medium in the fertile middle ground between superstardom and niche acclaim. Nawazuddin Siddiqui broke through in 2012 with Kahaani and Gangs Of Wasseypur.
A number of Indian films from different regions are often included among the greatest films of all times in various critics and directors polls.Indian Cinema will be eternal as decades move on….

(2) Looking for romantic, binge-worthy Hindi TV shows? Here are my top 6 recommendations.

Hey everyone! So as I promised, the Part 2 is here. And without any further delay, let’s get started!

3) Pyaar Lafzon Mein Kahan
This one is actually a Turkish drama which went on to become the most popular drama in Asia. Dubbed in Urdu as well, it was on-air in Pakistan. All the episodes are available on YouTube. Murat Sarsilmaz is a rich businessman and his junior assistant is Hayat Uzun who has forged her identity as Suna Pektas, for the sake of the job else she would have to leave the city. Through a series of pretty romantic twists and turns, they quite organically fall in love with each other and she finds it difficult to confess the truth about her identity to him because he is a truthful guy of high moral values. They still get married and watch to find out more. It’s again a must watch. The chemistry is sizzling given the fact that the leads are extremely good looking (Burak Deniz & Hande Ercel). The boss-employee love blossoming in a workplace is a treat to watch. They get jealous too often and honestly, its kind of cute. Scenes are very well written keeping the *realistic approach* in mind and it’s a nice engaging show, in general.

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4) NAVYA…Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal
A Shaheer Sheikh starrer alongside Somya Seth; this one is a fresh college love story between the oh-so-cute chocolate boy Anant Bajpai and shy-and-sensible Navya Mishra. There are such beautiful, intimate scenes depicting college romance and the innocent chemistry between the leads will make your heads turn, for sure. The show goes on to be quite boring and the family drama creeps in post their marriage, so if you wish you can discontinue watching right there. The musical track too is fresh and soothing. Give it a try on Disney+Hotstar. I am sure the innocence will

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5) Jijaji Chhat Per Hain
This one’s a rom-com genre show set in Delhi. Elaichi, played by Hiba Nawab is a happy-go-lucky and carefree girl who is the talk of the town for her mischiefs and good looks. She is impressed by the innocent, mild-natured and meek Pancham played by Nikhil Khurana who is the salesman at her father’s lehenga shop. Pancham denies Elaichi’s advances which make her fall for him even more. The episodes are amusing and flirtatious, watching Pancham fall a prey to Elaichi’s pranks everytime until finally marrying her is cute. The chemistry is sweet with Nazm Nazm playing in the background. It’s a pleasing love story. You can watch it on Sony LIV or MX Player and on even SAB TV as they are re-airing the show which ended just before the lockdown began.

6) Yeh Pyaar Nahi To Kya Hai
This one is a short series of 120 odd episodes available on Sony LIV. Siddhant Sinha and Anushka Reddy are childhood sweethearts. Due to a misunderstanding, she goes abroad for higher studies comes back after a long gap. She finally meets him and the sparks fly again as Siddhant is working at the Reddy’s. Anushka’s paternal multinational company. The regular interactions and sweet conversations rekindle that old love between them and it’s beautiful to watch. Namit Khanna has been a gem of an actor here, the personality, voice, everything has been so intriguing and his chemistry with Palak Jain stole the show. And the title song by Rahul Jain is beyond words! Go hear it!

Okay so that’s it! Hope you’ll start watching your favourite one out of these six recommendations. Also, I have ranked them in the order of my preference. Have fun binge-watching.

Looking for romantic, binge-worthy Hindi TV shows? Here are my top 6 recommendations.

Are you out of your Netflix subscription especially in these boring times when you need it the most? No worries, cause I am here to suggest you two of my most favourite, crisp romantic TV shows that you can binge-watch this summer to keep yourselves entertained and all that for FREE! Read on to know more!

1) KUCH RANG PYAR KE AISE BHI

KRPKAB was all  MAGIC~ this is one word that I use to describe this serial. I just fall short of adjectives to describe what the serial held within it. The gradual progression from hate to love made by Dev Dixit, a businessman with coconut personality and an independent woman of substance, Dr. Sonakshi Bose, his mother’s personal nutritionist, is nothing like your everyday dramas. It was so pure and blissful and not only that but the bond Dev shared with his mother Ishwari, melted my heart too. Everything was just on top and this is the reason why it shall live in all fans’ hearts forever. What endeared me the most to #KRPKAB was that it was not at all fake, everything was realistic and that we as viewers could resonate with. THE MUSIC ALBUM is one of the best parts. It certainly was one of the best decisions of my life to watch this show! Thank you so much Shaheer Sheikh and Erica Fernandes for essaying the role of Dev and Sona cause nobody could have done it better than they have and Dev Dixit, to me, is really really a special character. I’ve been fangirling like madness over this one. Grateful that we can still watch it as it is re-airing on Sony TV at 9:30 pm on special request of its massive fanbase.
This article here has done full justice to the gold of this show. Check it out♥️ https://www.fuzionproductions.com/kuch-rang-pyar-ke-aise-bhi-if-you-are-re-watching-heres-how-to-fall-in-love-with-dev-dixit-again/

My favourite musical track~ https://youtu.be/GSAt1kGrF8o

2) SADDA HAQ…My Life My Rules

This one is a love-hate relationship based in the top mechanical engineering college FITE, Roorkee. Randhir Singh Shekhawat is a prodigy but also highly impulsive and arrogant because of childhood traumas while Sanyukta Aggarwal is an independent girl who wants to chase her dreams and pursue engineering against her father’s wishes. The chemistry is electrifying, raising temperatures everytime. #Sandhir , I smiled with them, I cried with them, I lived with them in all the moments and I watched their relationship grow together. When I finished watching it, ah yes, their entire journey of two and a half years in just 25 days. I was on a nostalgia spree. They had occupied space in my head and that background music kept playing in my head for days. Randhir falling in love is infact one of the most well written and realist tracks in the iTV industry. It happened in bits until he finally realised that fighting with her has become his necessity as if, a reason to live peacefully. He couldn’t name it love in a go. The whole FITE was a witness of the fierce rivalry as well as the mushy love between its top 2 students. There were situations which took tests of their relationship. They failed and they passed too! Must Watch! The Season 2, however, isn’t as impressive said Param Singh and Harshita Gaur too. You can directly jump to the ending 10-15 episodes lf S2 right after S1 on Disney+Hotstar.

Try searching #Sandhir on Instagram and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the clips of their cute nokjokh

P.S- Part 2 of this article would be here soon.