New Delhi: Does talent have a ‘best before date? Does creativity wear out? What happens to imagination over time? Do these things matter for the success and substance in filmmaking or is it just luck? What really makes an actor, a music composer or a scriptwriter and their ilk tick? And, what makes them not just vanish from the scene suddenly but soon fade from public memory? What happens to the fan following they enjoyed till not very long ago? Most of all, why do the filmmakers who ran after one of these talents, just move away and on?
A lot of producers cultivated a clique of their own, sticking to the same music composer, cinematographer, art director and other unit members. The makers, sort of, worked on the lines of the old time studio system whereby they had their own talent pool on the lot. While, the success of a film mattered, obsession and passion weighed heavier for a lot of these filmmakers. To cite just one example, Raj Kapoor who, after the disastrous home productions, “Mera Naam Joker” and “Kal Aaj Aur Kal”, which led to the mortgaging of his estates and, despite his regular distributors deserting him, he went on to launch Rishi Kapoor with “Bobby”. If this film had failed, that would not only have ruined Raj Kapoor, there would be no Kapoor folklore to talk about and no RK clan to carry forward.
Passion, obsession, determination are a thing of the past. No maker has the conviction like Raj Kapoor had to make a film; only having a star gives them confidence. Now, the filmmaking is purely a business and, being an unpredictable one at that, with the probability of losses being very high, loyalty with one name is a trait few can afford. One changes tracks and his unit members without scruples. When a film actor, male or female, whose name in the billing drew film lovers to a cinema hall en masse, suddenly loses favour with the audience’ it defies logic in most cases.
Asha Parekh ruled the roost and gave about half a dozen superhits in the period between 1969 and 1971, with films like “Pyar Ka Mausam”, “Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke”, “Aan Milo Sajana”, “Kati Patang”, “Mera Gaon Mera Desh”, “Caravan” and “Samaadhi” but, was suddenly relegated to playing secondary roles in films that followed.
Rajesh Khanna was considered the ultimate heartthrob of girls and that made guys follow Khanna’s dressing and hairstyles. He has crowned the first Superstar of Hindi cinema. He gave a line-up of jubilee hits only to become an ex superstar in a matter of months. The man who had a hoard of filmmakers and yes-men joining his evening sessions had vanished. Then there came a time when, often, in the evenings one could see him nursing a drink, sitting bare chested and wearing a lungi, at a bus stop right opposite his once-thriving bungalow.
What makes this happen? Age factor, changing trends or the change of generation as well as the taste of the audience. The prime reason would seem to be the age factor of the stars. They want to watch their favourite as the icon they loved and not the aging, going-out-of-shape image. IANS
Author: ” — telanganatoday.com “