New Bollywood film-makers shift focus to rural India

Fri Sep 3, 2010 4:45am EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar

MUMBAI (Reuters Life!) - The grit and grime of rural India, its people and problems are all finding their way into the glamorous world of mainstream Bollywood films.

Made on smaller budgets than an average Bollywood film and shorn of big stars, some movies are exploring themes such as farmer suicides and sexual attitudes in rural India, something rare in an industry dominated by soppy romances or family dramas.

"Peepli (Live)," a satirical look at the growing problem of farmer suicides in rural India, has done well at the box-office and got rave reviews since its release two weeks ago.

Farmer suicides are common in rural India, where poor infrastructure and debilitating loans cause a huge burden on farmers. Some 150,000 farmers have committed suicide in the country since 1997.

"It is a look at the way global India is struggling with local India and the dichotomy between the two, which is an issue no one cares about," director Anusha Rizvi told Reuters.

"Peepli" isn't the only one.

Director Abhishek Chaubey used the arid landscape and rough language of northern India as a background for a racy thriller, "Ishqiya."

"Finally we are making movies about an India that should have been talked about long ago," said Chaubey.   Continued...