Hindi Cinema has always been synonymous with big-budget, star-studded films that catered to the masses. However, in recent years, a new wave of filmmakers has emerged in the industry, breaking the mold by offering innovative and thought-provoking films that are gaining popularity with audiences. This emerging new wave differs significantly from Bollywood’s conventional style, which focused on lavish set pieces, melodramatic plots, and larger than life heroes.
In this article, we will explore the upcoming movies that break the boundaries and offer something new to Hindi cinema enthusiasts.
The Rise of Low Budget Films:
In the past few years, low budget films have emerged as an essential element of Hindi cinema’s new wave. These low budget films offer a refreshing take on typical issues that affect the Indian society, from societal prejudices to mental health.
One promising film that comes under this category is ‘RamPrasad Ki Tehrvi’, directed by Seema Pahwa. The film deals with the issue of family neglect, and the various issues family members face when patriarchs pass away. With an extraordinary cast that includes Vinay Pathak, Konkana Sen Sharma and Manoj Pahwa, the film takes a subtle and nuanced approach to the subject. The film’s low budget nature helps to showcase characters in a grounded, genuine manner that is not supported by the larger-than-life nature experienced in mainstream Bollywood cinema.
Offering a Unique Perspective:
Another crucial aspect of the new wave in Hindi cinema is the unique perspectives shown in movies. Instead of focusing on conventional themes such as love, familial bonds and social issues, filmmakers are now exploring an array of themes within the Indian context. An example of this can be seen in Guneet Monga’s ‘Pagglait. A relatable film, ‘Pagglait,’ explores complexities related to death, mourning, and familial relationships that are often brushed under the carpet. The movie’s offbeat premise coupled with a brilliant cast offers a unique perspective that promises to offer something different for audiences.
Tackling Social Issues:
Modern Hindi cinema has always been an effective medium to tackle societal taboos and entrenched beliefs. With social justice being a recurring theme, several new wave filmmakers have taken up the challenge of bringing forward socio-political and cultural issues through their films.
One such upcoming film, ‘Sherni,’ directed by Amit Masurkar, explores the conflict between man and nature as well as the gender dynamics at play. The film, featuring an all-star cast including Vidya Balan, Sanjay Mishra, and Vijay Raaz, aims to offer a commentary on societal norms and the role of women in the face of systemic oppression.
Experimenting with Storytelling Techniques:
The new wave filmmakers are experimenting with new forms of storytelling, breaking the existing stereotypical format of narrative storytelling common in Bollywood.
An excellent example of this is the critically acclaimed 2020 film, ‘Ludo’ directed by Anurag Basu. A multi-narrative film observing the lives of several unrelated characters, the film offers a unique and refreshing cinematic experience. Ludo explores human emotions such as love, greed, guilt, and justice, and presents it through a non-linear, fresh and exciting storyline.
Exploring Niche Genres:
Another hallmark of the New Wave is the exploration of various genres that were previously unseen in the mainstream Hindi film industry. The genre beyond romance, action and sentimental stories has now become a canvas for exciting new directors to exercise their creative opportunities.
A promising example of this is ‘Bachchan Pandey,’ directed by Farhad Samji, an upcoming action-comedy starring Akshay Kumar. The movie’s storyline promises to be a unique take on the cop-hero genre. The character of Bachchan Pandey, played by Akshay Kumar, is said to have a somewhat unique personality, different from the traditional action-hero stereotypes.
The new wave in Hindi cinema offers a refreshing twist on Hindi Cinema. This style of Hindi Cinema focuses on relatable stories, unique perspectives, exploration of niche genres and experimentation in storytelling techniques. This new wave is undoubtedly a welcome change for movie enthusiasts as well as the industry itself. Hindi Cinema is now tracing an innovative path of movie production that offers opportunities for more grounded, relatable and meaningful stories. This change is a tribute to filmmakers who are willing to take risks and push the boundaries while retaining Hindi cinema’s essence.