There was once a time when everyone was obsessed with Bollywood movies and songs. Whether it be the friendship of Jay-Veeru, or Madhuri Dixit’s dance numbers, or Rekha’s expressions, they were all a hit among the audience. Some of the classics were also featured in Hollywood movies like the song “Mera Joota Hai Japani” in Deadpool and “Chaiya Chaiya” in Inside Man. However, if we look at the current situation of Bollywood, then it looks like the interest of the public is decreasing day by day. Even though Bollywood produces the largest number of films in the world with more than a thousand movies per year, there is a huge difference between the hit and flop ratio.
Today we will be looking at 5 reasons why Bollywood is failing these days. Let us start:
1. Boycott Culture:
Indian audiences have become very sensitive towards the content in the Bollywood movies. Boycotting has become a major trend these days, no matter the reason. This trend has sparked a lot in recent days as whatever movie comes out, people start a hashtag saying “Boycott (the movie)”. Major reasons being Bollywood making fun of Hindu religion, mocking India and Indians, or manipulating the history and showing the historical figures in bad and indecent limelight, to name a few.
2. Nepotism Debate:
Nepotism has been going on in the Bollywood industry for a very long time. If we look at some top actors and actresses in Bollywood, then most of them are the products of nepotism. Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Ananya Pandey, Sara Ali Khan, etc all belong to already established Bollywood families. This has sparked controversy saying that the well-deserved actors and actresses who don’t belong to such elite families are not getting opportunities in the industry. Despite being a nepotism product, actors like Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, and others have received acclaim for their performances.
3. Stupidity of Actors:
Often during the interviews, it has been seen that Bollywood actors have given statements that have triggered a lot of people. Whether it be Ranbir Kapoor saying he likes beef, or Sonam Kapoor preaching feminism, or Kareena Kapoor saying not to watch her movies if people don’t like her, or Kangana Ranaut’s rant on everything, or Ananya Pandey explaining her struggles, it has managed to draw people further away from the industry.
4. Constant Remakes and Copy:
If we look at the statistics of the past few years, then we see that the maximum number of the movies were either remakes, copy or sequel to old Bollywood movies. Not to mention, even the songs are remade with new beats and lyrics, which have irked the Bollywood music lovers. Even in the year 2022, we could see this trend with movies like Heropanti 2, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Ek Villain Returns, Laal Singh Chaddha, Cuttputlli, etc.
5. Influence of South Indian Cinema:
The biggest hit of the year 2022 in India was a Kannada movie K.G.F Chapter 2, and then comes Telugu movie RRR, earning ₹1008 Crores and ₹944 Crores respectively. When the trailer of these movies were released, it received widespread positive audience response and the movie halls were booked in advance. We can’t say the same for Bollywood movies as most of the time people don’t even know which movie is releasing. Till date, the only commercial Bollywood hits of 2022 were The Kashmir Files, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Gangubai Kathiawadi and Brahmastra. Instead of Bollywood, people have started to take an interest in South Indian Cinema and regional movies.