A former film student himself, Rohit 'Vats' feels that a good film is made with a zealous heart rather than brilliant technique. He thinks that films can be used as a tool of social change, as the language of cinema crosses all barriers and touches people's lives deeper than any other medium. A self-confessed film noir buff, Rohit has equal admiration for other genres as well. Currently he is trying to bud as a film commentator.
How would you define Dev Anand's style?
I think you are at loss of words.
Similarly, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna, and Amitabh Bachchan had their own styles but things started to get blurred during 80s when the Hindi film heroes easily fell victim to confused scripts and vulgar stylisation.
'Surakksha' and Gun Master G-9 achieved a cult status but only due to the jokes. Not many of us bothered to watch the film. At one point of time, one film wonder Hemant Birje was challenging the authorities of established actors. Basically films were devoid of acceptable content and good actors.
Among the three Khans of 90s, only Shah Rukh Khan developed a distinct acting style but then came the new millennium and every actor started to look the same.
This tendency did not spare the Khans either and Shah Rukh Khan had to become milder in his mannerism.
Aamir Khan was a thinking actor and thus he recognised the trend in the initial years only, and therefore he very rightly began to concentrate on the content rather than his personal acting style.
New millennium brought a whole new crowd of actors who appeared like each other's clones. All had the same styling sense, same dialogue delivery style, same body structure, and same techniques of romancing the heroine. Imran, Ranbir, Shahid, you name it, can't they replace each other in most of their films?
They said that one can develop identity only in isolation.
Probably this is the absence of isolation that is restricting the new age actors from developing their own identities. Same upbringing, same acting school, and same set of mentors. Where will you get the separate identity from?
Further, films are said to be the society's reflection and today's society doesn't believe in communication gap. Modern gadgets have allowed everyone to speak his or her mind. In the longer run, this process is making a super-cool urban society where everyone is talking the same language. Communication leads to equality.
The whole business of 'expressing yourself' has reduced to speaking the same language, because you will speak only what you talk about, and there we are getting heavily influenced by the contemporary culture. Many of the leaders of this contemporary culture are educated in a particular way and they do things in a particular style. This style is seeping into the urban society and then into the films or vice versa.
Market driven Bollywood knows that it can thrive on this phenomenon of 'cool-cult' and thus it is promoting such culture more. If the Hindi cinema remains metro centric for some more years, then we will start having difficulties in finding actors like Irrfan Khan and Kay Kay Menon.