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Filmy 2024: The Kind of Hindi Movies I am Manifesting

Filmy 2024 - The Kind of Movie Themes I am Manifesting This Year!

Dear Dairy,

2023 was indeed a remarkable year with some fantastic Hindi film releases, and I’m eagerly manifesting an even more exciting and filmy 2024. However, I’m not looking forward to the same old boring plots, poorly written stories, lackluster character development, mundane music, and the like.

What I’m yearning for is a specific type of cinematic experience – one that not only entertains but also enlightens, challenges, and reflects the diverse spectrum of human experiences. So, here’s a glimpse into the types of movies I’m hoping to see in 2024.

Filmy 2024: What I crave for?

Let’s dive in.

Focus on fewer sex scenes and more content

It seems that explicit sexual content has become the norm in films lately. It’s as if our movies can’t succeed without it. But why is this the case? Aren’t there more dimensions to storytelling? Often, it feels like there’s an overload of vulgarity that doesn’t add to the plot, and frankly, it becomes tiresome.

I find myself bored with films that include unnecessary sexual scenes, seemingly just for the sake of profit. I yearn for movies with meaningful content, where every scene truly serves a purpose in the narrative.   

Showing the plight of middle-class

Having seen ‘Student of the Year – 1’, it struck me how the portrayal of Siddharth Malhotra’s character might be misleading. Just because he enters on a normal bike, it doesn’t necessarily mean his character comes from a middle-class background.

This portrayal contrasts starkly with films like ‘Lunchbox,’ ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla,’ and the more recent ‘The Great Indian Family,’ where the depiction of a typical family feels more authentic and grounded without any showoff.

I find myself increasingly weary of movies that only focus on the struggles of the underprivileged. In reality, it’s often the middle class that bears a significant brunt of societal pressures and expectations.

I wish to see more films that realistically portray the middle-class lifestyle and their unique challenges in meeting societal expectations and managing their livelihoods. It’s a perspective that’s rich with stories yet often overlooked in cinema.

More meaningful comedies

I long for more meaningful comedies in our cinema. Just the other day, I watched ‘Fukrey’ and found myself utterly bored. The comedy felt forced, and the plot was trite and unoriginal. They seemed to think they could easily amuse the audience, but it was a far cry from the laughter I was hoping for.

I am yearning for the kind of comedy that Priyadarshan’s films offer. Those movies were genuine comedies, where every scene was a riot of laughter. Films like ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ also captured this essence beautifully, making me laugh in every scene. It’s that kind of effortless, heartfelt humor I miss and wish to see more of in upcoming films.  

Real struggles of the younger generation

Teenagers today truly go through a tumultuous journey. They face a myriad of complications, often finding themselves at a crossroads without clear solutions. It’s a phase of life that’s incredibly complex and yet so pivotal.

I would absolutely love to see more movies centered around this delicate age, similar to films like ‘Udaan,’ ‘Stanley ka Dabba,’ ‘Chillar Party,’ ‘Archies,’ ‘Friday Night Plan,’ and ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahaan.’

This generation is uniquely positioned at the intersection of growing up and the digital age, often feeling lost in the shuffle. Movies focusing on their experiences can provide a window into their world, showcasing the reality of their struggles and triumphs.

Such films not only offer a form of validation and understanding for teenagers but also provide invaluable insights for others. It’s a narrative deeply needed in our cinema today.

Exploring horror genre

I’ve never been a fan of horror movies, but I recently watched the latest from the 1920 series – ‘1920: Horrors of the Heart’. To my disappointment, it turned out to be the worst film I’ve seen in 2023. It’s a stark contrast to the days when genuinely chilling films like ‘Raaz,’ ‘Raat,’ ‘Bhoot,’ ‘Pari,’ ‘Chhorii,’ and ‘Bulbbul’ were made.

It seems that the essence of true horror has been lost in recent cinema. Now, it feels like these movies lean more towards comedy than actually delivering scares. The nuanced art of creating suspense and fear is fading, replaced by predictable jump scares and a lack of depth in storytelling.

I miss the days when horror films captivated us with their eerie atmospheres and compelling narratives. I miss covering my eyes and ears while watching a horror film!

Explorations of the digital age

It’s astonishing how deeply digitalization has permeated our lives. It’s reached a point where a single day without our phones seems unimaginable. This overwhelming dependence on digital technology is something I find both fascinating and alarming.

I’m particularly intrigued by stories that delve into the intricate relationship between humans and technology. I want to see films that explore the challenges of digital privacy and the profound psychological effects of social media on our lives.

Recently, I watched a movie called “Hacked,” hoping it would offer some insightful perspectives on these issues. Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment. Far from being enlightening or engaging, it actually detracted from my enjoyment – it was that bad.

There’s a real need for movies that thoughtfully and accurately address the complexities of our digital age, and I’m still waiting for one that does justice to this crucial and relevant topic.

Vouching for family entertainment

I find myself longing for movies like ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ and ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ – films that bring people of all ages together with their heartwarming narratives and family-centric themes.

These movies were more than just entertainment; they were celebrations of familial bonds filled with laughter, life lessons, and a deep sense of togetherness.

As I look forward to a filmy 2024, I’m manifesting a resurgence of this heartfelt, wholesome family entertainment. I yearn for stories that resonate across generations, ones that blend humor and wisdom in a way that appeals to both the young and the old. Simply like Dil Dhadakne Do!

There’s something incredibly special about a film that can gather the entire family around the screen, sharing moments of joy and learning together. Here’s hoping for a return to those cherished family movie nights with narratives that touch our hearts and bring us closer.

Movies highlighting the plight of the environmental crisis

I’ve noticed a stark contrast between Hollywood and the Hindi film industry in terms of environmental storytelling. Hollywood has produced numerous films highlighting the repercussions of environmental hazards, effectively blending compelling narratives with crucial environmental themes.

However, in Bollywood, there seems to be a predominant focus on unreal action movies, often overlooking the pressing issue of environmental conservation. I strongly feel the need for Hindi cinema to embrace this critical theme. I’m eager to see films that not only raise awareness about environmental issues but also inspire actionable change.

I envision narratives that skillfully intertwine human stories with the urgent need to preserve our planet. Such films can play a vital role in educating and motivating the public, fostering a deeper understanding and respect for our environment.

Do not celebrate antagonism

Watching ‘Pushpa’ really got me thinking about how we often glorify villains in cinema. It’s intriguing yet perplexing to see a character who actively cuts down trees being celebrated. And then there’s ‘Animal,’ which seems to exalt bloodshed and violence. It makes me question the kind of messages these films are sending.

I understand that, to some extent, showcasing such characters is a way of reflecting reality – these types of people do exist in the world. However, I’m conflicted about the extent to which we should be glorifying them.

Yes, cinema is a form of art that often mirrors life, and it’s important to portray various facets of society. But I believe there should be a balance. We need to be mindful of not inadvertently promoting harmful actions or making heroes out of those who engage in destructive behaviors.

It’s a delicate line between representation and glorification, and I hope future films manage this balance more responsibly. Maybe it’s time we start rethinking the narratives we applaud and the characters we elevate to hero status.  

Focus on mental illness

There’s something truly special about movies like ‘Dear Zindagi’ and ‘Tamasha‘ that capture the complexities of mental health with such sensitivity and insight.

Each time ‘Dear Zindagi’ comes on TV, I find myself drawn to its profound storytelling. ‘Tamasha’ brilliantly portrayed Veer’s struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder, while ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ offered an outstanding depiction of mental illness.

And ‘Chhichhore’ – it was not just entertaining but also deeply impactful in the way it addressed serious issues. I wholeheartedly believe our audiences need more films in this genre. Mental health is still a topic shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding in many parts of society.

Films like these not only entertain but also educate and open up crucial conversations about mental well-being. It’s high time that cinema is used as a reflective mirror, showing audiences the importance of mental health and encouraging empathy and understanding.

More such movies could be instrumental in changing perceptions and fostering a more accepting and supportive environment for mental health issues.

Showcasing more meaningful biographies

‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ was an eye-opener for me, leaving me utterly spellbound. It’s somewhat embarrassing to admit, but I had no prior knowledge about Nambi Narayanan. Similarly, I knew very little about Neerja Bhanot before watching her biopic.

These films have made me realize the power of cinema in bringing the stories of remarkable, yet often unrecognized, individuals to the forefront.

Looking ahead to a filmy 2024, I am passionately advocating for more meaningful biopics. There are so many unsung heroes and hidden gems whose extraordinary contributions have gone largely unnoticed. Their stories deserve to be told and celebrated.

Films like these not only educate and inspire us but also pay homage to these incredible souls. I truly believe that the Indian film industry has the potential to unearth and bring these inspiring stories to light, offering audiences both entertainment and enlightenment.

Embracing innovative storytelling

‘Tumbbad’ completely captivated me despite my usual aversion to horror films. Its unique storytelling and haunting atmosphere have drawn me back to it time and again. This film is a testament to the kind of innovative and compelling cinema that truly resonates with me.

When I think about movies like ‘Swades,’ ‘Gangs of Wasseypur,’ ‘Ugly,’ and ‘Masaan,’ I realize the profound impact that thoughtful, well-crafted stories can have. Each of these films has a distinct voice and a powerful narrative that stays with you long after the credits roll.

As we look towards a filmy 2024, I find myself yearning for more such movies – stories that are meaningful, soul-stirring and break away from the mold of conventional cinema. I crave films that challenge the norm, provoke thought, and evoke deep emotions.

Enough of the likes of ‘Pathaan’ or ‘Jawaan’ and their formulaic plots. It’s time for cinema that dares to be different and has the power to shake the very core of our being.  

Producing fantasy and sci-fi that reflect current social issues

The VFX in ‘Adipurush’ left me quite disappointed – it was a stark reminder of how crucial the quality of visual effects is in today’s cinema, especially for genres like fantasy and science fiction. On the other hand, ‘Brahmastra’ was a refreshing change, setting a new standard for Indian cinema in terms of visual storytelling.

As I look forward to 2024, I’m hopeful for more films like ‘Brahmastra’ that skillfully blend advanced VFX with meaningful narratives. The potential of fantasy and science fiction genres to explore and comment on vital social issues like inequality, justice, and human rights is immense.

These genres can offer more than just escapism; they can be powerful mediums to delve into and reflect upon the pressing issues of our times.

Please avoid nonsensical action

I couldn’t help but feel incredulous watching a scene in ‘Tiger 3’ where Shahrukh Khan, in guest appearance, jumps from a rope and miraculously lands on a helicopter to confront the villain. It was moments like these that made me lose hope in the rest of the movie.

It’s high time we moved away from such nonsensical and over-the-top action sequences. As a member of the audience, it’s clear to me when certain actions are blatantly impossible. These exaggerated stunts often do more to detract from the film’s credibility than add to its excitement.

I want filmmakers to respect the intelligence of their audience and refrain from presenting such implausible scenarios. Realism in action scenes can greatly enhance the quality of a film, making it more relatable and engaging.

It’s a plea for more grounded and believable action in cinema, steering clear of absurdity and maintaining a semblance of reality.

Place greater emphasis on offbeat actors in film casting and narratives

I’ve found myself increasingly drawn to the exceptional talent of actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Massey, Radhika Apte, and Sanjay Mishra. Their performances have consistently been a breath of fresh air in an industry often overshadowed by more mainstream, ‘glitzy’ actors.

Their ability to bring characters to life with such authenticity and depth is truly commendable. As we look forward to a filmy 2024, I am eagerly hoping to see more of these talented artists in lead roles. They’ve already given us some remarkable films showcasing their versatile acting skills.

It’s time for our film industry to break away from the usual stereotypes and embrace these offbeat actors who have so much to offer. Their realistic acting style not only enhances the quality of the films but also brings a sense of relatability to the stories being told.

Over to you…

As I reflect on what I desire from filmy 2024, it’s clear that I’m yearning for films that go beyond mere entertainment. I want movies that provoke thought, evoke empathy, and inspire change. These are the kinds of films that stay with us long after we leave the theater. Also, the ones that challenge our perspectives and touch our hearts!

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