Making Films for The Multiplex Audience – What Keeps New-Age Filmmakers Ticking?Mar 17, 2018
The millennial filmmakers are revolutionising filmmaking and are here to change the game. They are those who tread a rutted path full of all sorts of struggles. But they still hustle on. That's the beauty of their intent and dedication to their craft. Although rife with struggles, they are undeterred to give up. Striving to excellence, they are bringing in a new and better age of the Indian cinema.
Consumers are not accepting familiar and run of the mill kinds of stuff, couples dancing around trees to lovey-dovey song. The producers are scanning method after method against the conventional stuff to entice the viewers with anything that is new, infallible and exciting. Though it's unfair to suggest that the regular stuff that is being churned out is ineffective, one can see the paradigm shift in the mindset of the audience who have a very short attention span and are also in the advent to try something new. Makers are trying out different content, tone and casting and also filmmakers. It's mostly the low budget aesthetically profound creativity and earnest direction that is making the difference.
The new wave of new age filmmakers is challenging the rudimentary stuff. They are the inventors, inventing from whatever is readily available. They are passionate and want to do creative stuff. The work may be raw, intense, driven by passion or frustration. They are moving ahead with little money if not funded by traditional funding bodies. They are game changers making short films which are lapped up by viewers for the unique content and unambiguous appeal. Digital revolution has enabled a lot of new age filmmakers to make things at low cost due to the readily available technology platforms cutting down their dependency on filmmakers, producers, and financiers.
When taking the name of such aspiring creative filmmakers in this new age these few have made a mark for their phenomenal work.
Abhishek Chaubey created a mark with Udta Punjab. He has worked with Vishal Bharadwaj in Omkara, Maqbool, Ishqiya. He earned accolades for his brilliance in this satire on drug nexus in the background of Punjab.
Vikramaditya Motwane did with Udaan what many inspiring filmmakers would fail to do. He struck a chord with young Indians with the content that was so different. He blew our minds again with Trapped, one of the best films demonstrating electrifying content.
Neeraj Ghaywan's Masaan went straight to the Cannes film festival and painted a different perception about Indian cinema to the world. His learning of working on Gangs of Wasseypur is infused in the movie he creates.
Dibakar Banerjee has produced a varied spectrum of films conducive to the film industry that has hardly witnessed a filmmaker making comedies like Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Followed Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Shanghai two dark narratives and the recent Byomkesh Bakshi.
Neeraj Pandey has under his umbrellas work of brilliance, serving a different affair with A Wednesday, Special 26 and Baby, all successful crime thrillers that make him the master of the craft.
Shakun Batra is a creator of a different kind and we have witnessed it through Kapoor & Sons that portrayed modern day relationships with aplomb.
Alankrita Shrivastava cut through a stereotype women-centric subject and made everyone sit up and notice Lipstick Under My Burkha, weaved in the very real problems that exist for women. She has been an assistant to Prakash Jha in the past.
The list is endless and we may not include all names. Not only in Bollywood but in regional streams also we have been witnessing great works from new-age Kannada filmmakers Girish Kasaravalli and Pawan Kumar, in Bengali Quashik Mukherjee, in Assamese Jahnu Barua and in Punjabi Gurvinder Singh. In Telugu, directors like Tharun Bhascker and Sandeep Reddy Vanga are paving the way for the future while we can say that the Tamil film industry’s future looks exciting with bold young directors like Arun Prabhu and Vijay Kumar coming up with gripping movies.