Jaya Bachchan: Regional cinema stays true to India. It’s Bollywood that is married to money

Jaya Bachchan

At the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival, veteran actress Jaya Bachchan spoke to her heart’s content on the films being made in Bollywood currently and compared it with old cinema.

  • She said, “Filmmakers at that time, created art. Today, it’s a business and all about numbers. Everything is thrown at our face. People have forgotten subtlety. Open display of affection is considered smart… sharam naam ki toh cheese hee nahi hai (people are no longer ashamed). Now, it’s about big collections at the box office, Rs 100 crore films, first weekend collection…It’s all Greek to me.”

    She also said that most of our characters are inspired by the West. “I don’t know why. Maybe, they are richer countries and are considered more progressive. But I think the Indian mind is very progressive,” she said. But, the 68 year old actress said that there are a few exceptions that showcase Indian culture. She said, “People like ‘Aligarh’ and ‘Masaan’ because they show the real India and real problems of India.”

    She further added, “I get stressed out when I see this kind of cinema. I need to run away to some quiet place. Earlier, there used to be a vamp and a heroine. But now, there is no need for a vamp because the heroine does exactly what a vamp does. She wears itsy bitsy clothes and dances, does item songs. Regional cinema stays true to India. It’s Bollywood that is married to money. Bollywood is mostly made by Mumbai centric people influenced by the West, even their thought process is western. They look at western cinema. That’s why there are so many rip-offs (of western movies).”

    Hmmm, so does that mean we will never see her in a commercial movie?

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