Bollywood’s new wave of indies is showing signs of catching up to the rest of the world, but they’re still a long way off from competing with Hollywood for the global crown.
In India, the first film of the new wave has made a respectable debut, but not everyone is so happy.
Bollywood star Rizwan Siddiqui, who is known for his roles in Shah Rukh Khan’s The Rum Diary and Anushka Sharma’s Aamir Khan, has reportedly been cast in the lead role of a new film.
The film is called ‘Porch and Porch’, and it’s an adaptation of a novel written by Siddiquy that is loosely based on the life of a wealthy businessman who is murdered in his sleep.
The plot of the novel, which Siddiquiz adapted from his own novel, follows the life and death of the business mogul after he is murdered.
Siddiquish is set to star opposite his brother-in-law Shah Rukt, and there’s also a sequel, called ‘Sidharth’ (Porches and Pits).
It’s being produced by Dibakar Banerjee, who’s behind some of the biggest movies of the year like Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘Kashmir’.
But this new film is only the latest in a series of Bollywood films that are not yet as good as the films of Hollywood, and they are still not in the same league.
The most recent one is ‘Pilgrimage’ (Bollywood), which stars Anushkin Shah and Anand Malhotra, and is a huge hit.
‘Pilot’ (IndieGoGo) has been a huge success in India, and the movie has been nominated for a number of awards, including an Oscar for best foreign film.
It has been hailed for its strong female leads and its depiction of women’s lives in India.
‘Guruji’ (Sundance Film Festival) has not only made a strong showing in Sundance, but has also been nominated multiple times.
Sundance is not the only festival where Bollywood is playing in.
The likes of Sundance Film Festivals, Fantastic Fest, Cannes Film Festival, BAMF and even Sundance International Film Festival have all nominated Bollywood.
So, there’s a huge market for Bollywood movies that aren’t as good at the box office, but the fact that they are getting a wider audience and a wider critical reception is helping them to succeed.
But that’s not the whole story.
As Sundance’s BIFF has shown, Bollywood doesn’t need to be a massive hit to make money.
The company that produces ‘Pillow Talk’, the upcoming movie about a woman in love with a man who is a serial killer, made $25.6 million in the first six months of 2016.
And this year, Sundance will be offering a number and more awards.
‘Sangam’ (Filmfare) is one of Sundar’s major productions, and it is based on a novel by a Pakistani author.
It is expected to be released on the same day as ‘Pilon’ (Fantastic Fest).
Sundar is also going to release a film about a teenage boy who’s obsessed with his schoolboy crush, and has been dating his older brother for years.
That film will be called ‘Rohini’ (My Name Is Rohini).
It is a sequel to Sundar ‘Rohan’ (The Story of Rohini), which made $8.7 million.
Sundar also released two more Bollywood blockbusters this year: ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Pee-Wee Herman’.
Both of these films are about the same time in the life, but Bajrang, starring Amitabh Bachchan, is a little older than Pee-wee Herman, starring Kevin Hart.
Sundars BIFF slate will also be full of Biharis and others.
Sundari has released three Bollywood-inspired films this year.
‘Tilak Bihari’ (Tillak Bijan), starring Manoj Kapoor and Rakesh Rana is a film that is set in Mumbai.
It tells the story of a man, who becomes involved in a crime and is framed for the crime.
The filmmaker says the film is not for the timid or the easily frightened, and that people can relate to it.
‘Kabhi Hai Khaali Hai’ (Love in the Time of Kali), starring Rajinikanth and Aamitabh Pant is another Bollywood film that follows the love story between two students.
The students are students in the prestigious Bombay Institute of Technology, and when one of them is murdered, the other student has to get to the bottom of the crime and investigate the case.
‘Baksha Bihra Hai’ is a Bollywood adaptation