As the title of the post suggests the Cinema of United Stated are making troubles for Indian filmmakers by releasing their movies in India. Hollywood movies are getting big releases in India. They are earning big bucks too. This business has scared Bollywood. Therefore, certain film makers feel that the release of foreign films should be limited.
For example The Jungle Book, which released in April 2016, crossed the Rs 150cr mark whereas Shahrukh’s film fan which released around the same time failed to impress larger section of the audience.
The collections of Hollywood films have multiplied in India in the last five years. Initially, they would only play at 400 screens across the country, now it is over 1,500 screens. For instance, Jurassic World (2015) in India alone was released in 2,300 screens across the country. No big Bollywood films released a week earlier or a week after after its release.
In another instance, in 2015, Fast and Furious 7 got double the screens that Byomkesh Bakshi got. While Fast and Furious 7 got 2,800 screens, Byomkesh got 1, 240.
Not only the visual effects but these Hollywood films have better story line, great production value, great animation and thus invite more footfall than an average Hindi film. Also, nowadays they are dubbed in Hindi. A-league actors from Priyanka Chopra to Varun Dhawan do these voice overs. And now number of Bollywood Stars trying their fate in Hollywood movies, like Deepika Padukone in her last release xXx – the return of xander cage with Vin Diesel and Priyanka Chopra’s next-Baywatch with Dyane Johnson.Though the former one couldn’t do much at the Indian Box Office and eyes are on the later one. But these two movies actually doesn’t mean to decide the future of Bollywood movies in India. Hollywood now enjoying it’s own space in India.
That’s not all, even the regional movies dubed versions are also doing well in Hindi circuits. Films like Baahubali is the best example, and now two more biggies yet to come, Baahubali 2 and Rajnikant-Akshay Kumar starrer 2.0 a sequel of 2010’s Enthiren.
Ad guru Prahlad Kakkar feels that not only the business at the the ticket window but these Hollywood films unlike Bollywood films make crores even from the merchandise.
According to film distributors, Hollywood is making a planned effort to target India. They are releasing their films here even before the US. The Jungle Book released worldwide on April 15, but in India it hit theatres on April 8. Commenting about the scenario, Amitabh Bachchan says, “I had started ABCL in 1995 and at that time I had said that we need to look after our production houses. The Americans are coming” .
Filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt says, “In China, only 35 foreign films can release in a year. This is a government directive. This is the case even though there are 50,000 screens. We have only 8, 000 screens. Healthy competition will happen when there is a fight among equal talents. Hollywood films have a budget of 500 to 1,200 crores, but our films have a meagre budget of barely 50-60 crore. How can we match their quality? Unfortunately, the government is not taking action on this.”
To control the situation, film makers now wants government to intervene. Let’s wait for the result. But yes, audiences definitely would not like to miss the chance of watching their favourite Hollywood film on the big screen.