Indian Cinema has evolved and how. Arjun Kapoor in his recent speech at India Today Conclave made a note of it and spoke about the evolution of heroes in Hindi films. From Guru Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor to the Khans, Arjun mentioned all. He even spoke about the surprise hit of Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma’s Band Baaja Baarat became a hit.
An excerpt from his speech reads, “Kaha hai ye insaan jo insaan se bhadkar bhagwan banke ghoomta hai? Kya ye sabko apni unglio pe nachata hai? Aur kya ye dance kar sakta hai? Hero of the past did all of this. The hero of today needs talent. His mind has to be a lot sexier now. The hero might not be able to sing and dance. The hero can also be a woman. Earlier, the hero carried a film on his broad his shoulders. Today, a film carries a hero on its shoulders.”
He then went on to the era of emergency and said that it was due to lack of jobs that the demand for entertainment was on the rise and that’s how masala films came into being. He spoke about the 70s and the iconic Sholay. Amitabh Bachchan, the angry young man and transition of how films were perceived.
He went on to say, “The 70s will be remembered for the mother of all films - Sholay. The film that quintessentially defined India cinema - 15 August 1975. The film that brought Indian cinema to celluloid. The 70s also gave birth to the chocolate boy. Rishi Kapoor was born in this area - he introduced us to teenage romance.”
As per Arjun, the 80s was an era that gave birth to the cinema with an ensemble cast and stars like Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff were introduced. He did not fail to mention the Khans, Govinda and Sanjay Dutt.
Coming to the current generation, he said, “Band Baja Baraat was a surprise hit. Ranveer Singh was born, Anushka Sharma cemented her place in cinema. Anurag Kashyap's films became a topic of discussion. Barfi came out, a film in which hero and heroine couldn't speak but the film spoke, at least to me. Greek god was born, Hrithik Roshan.”
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