Sunday, January 25, 2009

Why are Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto important?

Far far away by shady shores of Arabian Sea lies a reclusive industry called Bollywood. An industry that produces almost 1000 feature movies every year of which 95% go to trash. An industry that once provided a safe channel for under world mafia's to siphon off their black money. But its also an industry that produced some of the pearls of film industry, some we know about and most we don't. This Bollywood produced ever green singers like Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Md Rafi and Manna Dey who have sung some the most difficult songs in some of the most challenging Ragas. No, not much of Hollywood ever heard of them. A few names who once in a while popped up are the ones who were already in their late 30s or 40's. Aishwarya Rai, Om Puri and now Anil Kapoor have made some name but they are too old to carry on or be able to establish any platform for others to take advantage of. Anil Kapoor for example, this not so handsome actor has given some of the most bone chilling performances in Hindi Cinema but remained an unknown till Slumdog Millionaire gave him a role to appear. His performance in SDM is no means any extraordinaire but its about standing on a platform that everyone is looking at. And this platform is called Hollywood. That's why Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto are important. They have not only produced some good performances in an internationally known movie but their age is by their side. And they are known as Bollywood actors.

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