If the headline boiled your blood and left you boggled, you’ve come to the right place.
Bollywood was known for setting trends with its scripts, songs and fashion sense. Of late, however, it seems that the Hindi film industry’s creative well has dried up as they move more and more towards remakes.
While some may frown upon this trend, I think we can put a fun spin on the situation and look at the benefits of Bollywood’s increased dependence on remakes.
Here are four reasons why Bollywood should keep doing more remakes instead of original content:
1. Saves Us Money With OTT Releases
If you already know the story of a Telugu movie and how it’s going to end, why would you watch the same thing again in theatres for 500 bucks? With the rise of OTT, people have better access to regional cinema which means remakes just don’t hold the same charm anymore.
Instead of watching them on the big screen, like most people, I’d rather wait for a movie’s OTT release to watch it at a fraction of the cost of a theatre ticket.
2. Good Directors Will Move To OTT
The Hindi film industry has always been a place for budding and established directors to showcase their skills. If theatrical releases get saturated with remakes and old stories, good directors will gravitate towards OTT that allows them to take more risks and find their own audience.
Good for people like me who’d rather watch quality content at a cheaper price.
3. Saves Our Time
Earlier, we’d watch movies to pass time and invest in a source of entertainment that brought us something new. If Bollywood continues to churn out remakes at this pace, we might finally give up our toxic relationship with our screens and find another hobby to focus on — one that actually gives us something different to think about.
4. Bollywood Will Become Its Worst Enemy
Honestly, the way every second song and movie is turning out to be a remake, it would be a pretty poetic lesson for the Hindi film industry — being ruined by itself. It’s akin to the Hindi adage, “apne paer par kulhaadi maarna (shooting yourself in the foot).”
The more remakes Bollywood churns out, the more it alienates its audience from itself.