Away From Musicals
- We have come a long way from the 1990s when it was ruled by KJo-style family drama
- The tide began to turn with Paan Singh Tomar in 2012, a bio of the athlete-turned-bandit
One look at the trailers gives the impression that India suddenly has so much happening that it’s creating endless material for commercial cinema. Political crises, unsolved crime and homophobia have all found their way on to the silver screen. It happened in 2015 with Meghna Gulzar’s Talwar, a gritty take on the murder of Aarushi Talwar which has now been followed by Ram Madhwani’s Neerja, based on the flight attendant who saved the lives of scores of passengers; then Raja Krishna Menon’s Airlift, based on the largest-ever evacuation of Indian refugees during the Kuwait war; and finally Aligarh, the story of the suspension of a gay professor and his subsequent death.
So, are we suddenly...