India….India is the home of the great number of film productions. Particularly, in film industry this country is inimitable. To my thinking, the specialty of Bollywood(the second name) is identified by it’s anciety, largest multilingual cinema in terms of ticket selling and annual film production. Indian movies are well-known internationally by their sensibility, Bollywood musicals, successful musical films of India in different languages such as hindi, tamil, telugu, malayalam and others inspired western world. And Indian cinema has been recognized and nominated by many International Awards, for instance American Academy Awards( Lagaan 2001). This means the credibility of the movies are high as well as remarkable. Indian cinema box office sell goes at the same level as American and British cinema.
Indeed, Bollywood movies have rather different sensibilities than any typical Hollywood movie: including songs and dances inserted in unexpected places, simplistic storylines, lots of exposition. There are many Bollywood movies that are as good as any movie produced elsewhere, even better.
Here, I should mention one fact that , whole my expectation and real film making process is totally different. The outstanding Indian films I watched in my country were impressive and effective, full of lights, romantic and musical, and the flow of the movie left like a real life story. Touch hearts…Nevertheless, reality is not that much….seems.
Seeing the real film making process gives a different imagination. From the initial shooting observation and furthers as well, I understand that, all the process of film making is not as much real as it shows in movies. Let me tell my experience about this from the beginning… I am a citizen of Uzbekistan, one of the Central Asia countries. As all common students who want to continue their education, get experience, particularly see different style of education in foreign languages I decided to test my success as well and applied for Indian Cultural Program -study abroad. Fortunately, after some steps of examination process, once the official representative of Indian Center in our country informed me that I am accepted to one of the popular universities in India. With huge emotions and thrilling heart I got ready to study abroad.
Now I am in India. A student of Osmania University in Hyderabad. In reality, its a great pleasure and beneficial to study among multilingual and cultural students. However, I have experienced another thing here and it is amazing. Through the chain of foreigners under the control of main coordinator they have, most foreign students are involved in movie shootings. Once I was asked “would you like to go to shooting?”, not knowing any idea about it , as my friends were also going, I agreed. In my country I have never experienced film making process, that’s why it was curious for me to go there.
I was shocked by the artificiality of whole the film making process. There was nothing similarity as in movies I used to watch. In movies it gives the impression that all the scenes are happening in real life, but far not like this. Everything is predicted , created, acted and so on. Take an example of location- in some films it shows that the film is taken abroad with beautiful landscape, natural places, but in fact, it is just well done decoration or some places not out of the country. Majority actions of the hero’s, emotional scenes played by them are acted. Furthermore, lights are highlighted.
When you watch your favorite movie, that inspired you so much , at the same time when you see all the story is not as much real as it seems to be, you feel- you cool down. Looks like all you believed, stimulated is false. For the first days my feelings was disappointed, discouraged. “You are not the first person to feel this..”- told me one day one of the assistant directors in shootings. Majority feel this when they see process of film making, including me. But,indeed, its reality. All films done in this way. It’s acting. Films are produced by actors playing the role of hero’s written as in the scripts.” I accept- he was right!
In spite of small shock I had, I come to the conclusion, I still like….movies motivate and educate… Yes, Indian movies are really incredible as India itself. First they shock, and again make you love more….