Web series do not always need a big monetary backup, they can amass great viewership, sometimes way more than the glamorous, high budget, mainstream Bollywood movies. Most of these films blow the Audience off by their massively expensive star cast and locations, but on the other hand low budget, Indian web series make the viewers sit glued to their screens, binging the OH-SO-CAPTIVATING content. The Bollywood industry in India has expanded in recent times as there are a plethora of media choices available to the audiences.
Money may be small, but the plot is colossal. Here’s a selective comparison between a few enormous Bollywood movies and low budget Indian web series. This article undertakes some glimpses from popular films and TV shows to analyze this process of stereotyping, for not watching a show or a low budget movie, starring a newbie or a less powerful actor/actress‟– considering the reality of mainstream cinema, now only constructed for glamour and unnecessary action-drama. In conclusion, we have listed a few movies against some recent TV shows, in order to show a connection between them. If someone has watched these movies and they liked the concept, then these TV shows which are in versus are no different. This ensues on whether mainstream Hindi TV shows have been successful in portraying the very Indian essence in their show, which is clearly missing from current movies, diseased with Nepotism.
1. DELHI BELLY VS SIMPLE MURDER
“A Simple Murder”, directed by Sachin Pathak and written by Akhilesh Jaiswal and Prateek Payodhi, is 2020 dark comedic, 7 part series, one which delivers an amazing performance in terms of comedy. The plot is woven around greed, deceit, and lies, a lot of lies. The cast lifted the show up with a blast, especially Sushant Singh. The music is well done and it pretty much gets at the seriocomic theme it was aiming to achieve. The show’s location is set in West Delhi giving that grunge looks perfect for an assassination based plot.
“Delhi Belly” is a 2011 action-comedy produced by Aamir Khan and directed by Abhinay Deo. It’s a mean, mean comedy but all the hype is mainly about the daring acts performed in the movie, when three average bloke guys, make their way to be on the hit list of one of India’s most powerful crime syndicates. The movie stars Imran Khan, Kunal Roy Kapur, and Vir Das. The script is somewhat imaginative when it comes to the Escapist note as compared to “A Simple Murder”.
2. BAGHBAAN VS GULLAK
“Baghbaan” is 2003, historical family movie starring some of the biggest actors of the film making industry like Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, and Salman Khan. It is a beautiful story about children who let go of their responsibilities towards their parents. B.R. Chopra’s BAGHBAN, directed by Ravi Chopra, delicately encapsulates sentiment, family values, and respect.
“Gullak” is a short, five-episode long family comic drama. The drama is basically a series of anecdotes as if peeking back at your childhood. It’s heartwarming. The humor isn’t laugh-out-loud but consistently and gently pleasing. Despite similarities, Baghbaan flourishes because of the rich emotional appeal it has to offer, whereas Gullak touches upon the financial difficulties a middle-class family has to face in everyday thrust.
3. DIL VS FLAMES
“Dil” is a 1990 film starring the hearts of Bollywood, Aamir Khan, and Madhuri Dixit. The movie is a typical Bollywood cliche done good, and the chemistry between the lead actors was phenomenal, so much that it had the viewers wishing that they had done more movies together. It revolves around a budding romance between a rich girl, a poor boy, and of course, there are angry parents. The soundtrack is amazing, overall it was the hit of the year.
“FLAMES” is a beautifully curated romance drama, about the sprouting of young love between a young couple. It’s basically a mini cutesy series but it did strike a chord. The episodes are named after famous Bollywood songs. The series is consistent with norms of the pre-college life, a remarkable story from a teenage perspective. Short, Crisp, and Sweet.
4. SWADES VS PANCHAYAT
“Swadesh” a 2004 film by Ashutosh Gowariker, starring Shah Rukh Khan, gives thoughtful insight into the rural life in India, the lifestyle, the struggle, and the daily thrust. The movie yearned for something slightly honest and cerebral. The normalcy of this movie isn’t something that we usually get from Bollywood. truly made from the heart. It is not a masala movie, it’s captivating and thought-provoking.
Jitendra Kumar really came through with “Panchayat“. This amazon series is totally binge-worthy with heartwarming characters. The dialogues are well-timed and the performances delivered are spectacular. Like Swades, the series talks about rural life but in a sweet, funny, and warmth radiating way.
Where to stream the web series?
1. A SIMPLE MURDER- SONY LIV
2. GULLAK- SONY LIV
3. FLAMES- MX PLAYER
4. PANCHAYAT-AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
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