Reader and frequent commenter George has a response to VC’s Malayalam Death watch series, we encourage other readers to let us know if you agree or disagree .
If Malayalam cinema has a death watch, then the rest of Indian cinema is very ill. Hindi simply copies Hollywood and western culture(the worst case, in my opinion). Many of the tamil and telugu movies feature superhuman “thalapathis” acting to cliched story lines. Kannada seems to simply copy Tamil and Telugu.
When filmmakers make movies simply to gain money or fame, the result is the cliched “commercial movie.” The filmmaker seems to have no real interest in the characters or the story of the movie.
In most of the movies that are considered “classic” or “very good” the filmmaker pays attention to these characteristics…Whether it is Padmarajan’s movies or entertainers like “Summer in Bethlehem” or “Thenkasipattanam”, there is an element of originality in the characters and the story or at least in the way the story is told.
Every film industry had its own “Golden Age.” In my opinion, most of the Indian film industries are far from a golden age due to the commercialization of the actual making of the film. Since I am more familiar with Indian movies, I cannot say anything about other countries…maybe they are in a similar position, I don’t know.