There are two types of cinema: one which a filmmaker wants to tell, and second what the audience wants to see! According to filmmakers, they sometimes thrive on giving content-rich movies out to the world, but some of them believe in making money-spinners!
Recently a debate sparked when legendary Hollywood filmmaker Martin Scorsese made a controversial statement about big films churned out by Marvel Cinematic Universe. He told a publication that he doesn't watch Marvel films as they are 'not cinema', he also compared the Marvel films to 'theme parks'. While the debate went on to anger many fans, we can't help but wonder if the sci-fi fantasy films are merely for entertainment or they can be allegorical representation of our present or the past.
Academy Award winner Natalie Portman (for Black Swan and also worked in blockbusters like Star Wars prequel trilogy and the MCU) weighed in the debate and said that there is room for all kinds of cinema, and we couldn't agree more. Well, movies like Avengers and others do steal all the limelight when it comes to the box office. And small budgeted films which are richer in the content have to suffer sometimes.
Applying the same to the Indian Cinema, Indian box office, then Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff's biggie War came in like a wrecking ball for two content-embed films like Chhichhore and Dream Girl. These two films were playing a fair game at the box office, but when War got released, they had to suffer the most. Nitesh Tiwari's Chhichhore and Raaj Shandilyaa's Dream Girl worked wonders and entertained the audience until War came into the picture.
Loss in screen count affected the businesses of these two movies which were running very successfully, else, the movies would have collected 5-6 crores more than their current final collections. Many other films which are robbed off a final push (a few more weeks in the theatres for those who want to watch it again) are Super 30 and Mission Mangal and it was due to the biggie Saaho. Else, Super 30 would have easily crossed 150 crores and Mission Mangal would have finished with 225 crores (Mission Mangal was just into its third week at the box office at the time of the release of Saaho). Now the fate of War lies with the word of mouth and reviews of the Akshay Kumar's upcoming juggernaut Housefull 4. But we often see that movies co-exist, if we were to give examples then Mission Mangal and Batla House or Chhichhore and Dream Girl are the perfect examples. Two big movies by two big stars, Mission Mangal and Batla House didn’t battle it out at the box office, but the movies co-existed. Those who couldn’t get tickets for one film have the option to go and watch another equally good film if not a better one.
The multistarrer has piqued the interest among the audience as they look forward to a laughing roller coaster, but is War ready to close the curtains yet? The movie which showed the potential to break some major records and is set to cross Hollywood biggie Avengers: Endgame India gross, will be majorly affected by Housefull 4. If War crosses the India gross of Avengers: Endgame, making it the biggest Indian film of 2019 now depends on the reception of Housefull 4. We’ll have to wait and see.
Well, are the big movies hogging all the limelight at the box office? Or do we still believe in creating space for some content-rich small budgeted films? Well! One thing is clear as Natalie said, ‘There is room for every kind of cinema’. What we need is just a little planning.