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After Each Successful Film, Question Arises: What next?

This includes all - big as well as medium-range producers

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Each filmmaker trying to come out with something different. Pixabay

With the kind of films that unspool every week, one can conclude that there is a dearth of not only ideas but also direction! A varied kind of films are being made. Each filmmaker trying to come out with something different. This includes all – big as well as medium-range producers. The idea seems to be taking a shot in the dark. It is all about taking chances.

Some producers are falling back on period costume dramas, which work out very costly and not every director’s cup of tea. This genre was avoided for a long time mainly because of these two reasons, capability and cost. Yet, we have had period films like “Bajirao Mastani” and “Padmaavat”, “Manikarnika” and “Kesari”. There have been a few flops in this genre like “Mohenjo Daro”, “Rangoon” and “Thugs Of Hindostan”. The backers of such films would do it only on the basis of saleable stars, coupled with a capable director. Still it often proves risky.

Each week, a new kind of film is dropped in the market. For instance, last week we had “Khandaani Shafakhana”, a film discussing sexual problems for those who can make sense of the title! For one, sex and problems related to it are not generally discussed in India. Delhi and surrounding areas do have such clinics but that does not make the subject acceptable all over.

One may have thought if Vicky Donor could work, why not take it a step further? An odd subject like “Vicky Donor” or “Piku”, very personal to people, does work. But they need to be woven into a plausible story and dealt with a fair amount of humour. Recent such films are “Piku”, “Padman”, “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”. This is called reaching out to personal matters of people. Humour is a must since it delivers the message without making the proceedings seem mundane.

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With the kind of films that unspool every week, one can conclude that there is a dearth of not only ideas but also direction! Pixabay

It seems filmmaking is all about inspirational and awareness films. A small film about a person few had heard about, “Paan Singh Tomar”, followed by “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, opened up a new genre – the biopic. “Neerja”, “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” and “Dangal” followed in quick succession. The film industry calls this a �daur’ (trend). It does not last long, though.

Most writers who script stories like “Piku” or “Vicky Donor”, or directors who make films like “Dangal”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and “Neerja”, have always had this problem: What next? They usually have nothing that matches the earlier success. No maker seemed to have a worthy successor. So, they go back to usual claptrap and come a cropper.

There were also some biopics like “Manjhi: The Mountain Man” or “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” where the makers just chose to go with the trend but turned the film into a documentary. A film like “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” costs crores as royalty to the character on whose life it is based, as well as to acquire real life footage. The film on Sachin was a victim of failing to dramatise. The idea is to pick a life story and add a fair amount of fiction along with music as was done with the Dhoni film.

Akshay Kumar has become a torchbearer of the films that convert real-life stories into reel life sagas. He has been greatly successful in his endeavours. His image of being a thoroughbred nationalist probably adds to the acceptability of his films. His instincts and beliefs seem to be paying up so far.

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Then, there is John Abraham. He loves to play the incredible hulk tackling major cases like the Rajiv Gandhi assassination or Pokhran nuclear tests. He has been partly successful.

It is believed that there are only seven basic storylines in this world. Films were made accordingly. There was a time when some makers stuck to making religion-based or mythological films while a few others only made horror movies. The mainstay for most makers, however, was romance and family socials. Action movies were not in vogue in the mainstream cinema till mid-1970 and action, in a measured amount, was a part of regular movies. Otherwise, the action movies as such were rated as B-Grade, released only at designated cinema halls and were left to actors like Kamran Khan and Sheikh Mukhtar. Dara Singh later introduced action movies where wrestling was the theme.

There were a few costume dramas and comedies. While most producers stuck to their formula of catering to the family audience, some even stuck to certain alphabets to name their films with. Producer J. Om Prakash (who passed away last week) named all his films starting with alphabet A as did producer Mohan Kumar. Another filmmaker, Arjun Hingorani, preferred alphabet K to name his films. Filmmakers, like many others, are quite superstitious and this trend of faith in a certain alphabet still prevails in filmmakers like Rakesh Roshan, whose films have titles beginning with K.

Now, the genres of family socials, horror and mythology have been taken away by television serials. Action films are accepted only coming from a couple of stars. There is little choice left for filmmakers.

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A varied kind of films are being made. Pixabay

The limited choice is between romance, action and comedy, with few writers and makers to justify the last named. While ideas are borrowed from foreign films (which includes this year’s National Award winner, “Andhadhun”), and films from South languages are being sought once again for remakes by a few.

So, after each successful film, the question arises: What next? From the records, the makers of “Piku”, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, “Dhoni: The Untold Story”, “Dangal”, “Neerja” and many such films have either delivered flops or are at a loss for idea for their next!

@The Box Office

* The week sees two major films release with “Batla House” and “Mission Mangal”, both on Thursday, August 15, to cash in on the national holiday. Both have reaped the benefit with good collection figures for the opening day.

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While “Mission Mangal” has managed a hefty Rs 29 crore on the opening day, “Batla House” has collected about Rs 14.75 crore.

* “Jabariya Jodi” remains poor. The film collects about Rs 16.5 crore for its first week.

* “Judgementall Hai Kya” fails to deliver. (IANS)

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Best Gift Ideas for Your Co-Workers

This is why getting a colleague a package of stackable lunch pots will almost surely be greeted with a smile

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Carrying around big lunch boxes that take up lots of space isn’t very comfortable, but it’s a big part of many workers’ daily routine. Pixabay

Finding the right gifts for co-workers is challenging by default, as it should be something personal and perhaps even playful, yet tasteful; something that doesn’t compromise the professional tone of your working relationship, but at the same time isn’t one of those boring, soulless gifts people give just to follow protocol.

It’s a delicate balance that needs to be struck, and to help you do it, we have compiled a list of universal gifts that would rank you very highly on most people’s favorite co-workers list. 

Stackable Lunch Pots

Carrying around big lunch boxes that take up lots of space isn’t very comfortable, but it’s a big part of many workers’ daily routine. This is why getting a colleague a package of stackable lunch pots will almost surely be greeted with a smile. It’s one of the most practical gifts you can give to a co-worker.

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Finding the right gifts for co-workers is challenging by default, as it should be something personal and perhaps even playful, yet tasteful. Pixabay

On top of that, stackable lunch pots make a great team with custom stickers, which you can use either for marking purposes, or just to add a little personal touch.

Festive Candles

Festive candles add a very nice touch to a lot of different types of settings. They create an atmosphere of intimacy and coziness with their rich smells and elegant patterns. They also come in various designs, giving you diverse options.

Fancy Soaps

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Everyone loves fancy soaps and their stimulating aromas. Even more than festive candles, special soaps come in all kinds of shapes and forms, so you have room to experiment and make up a very diverse batch. In fact, picking out this gift is one of the most enjoyable experiences of choosing presents.

Collage

Collages are a great way to tap into some nostalgia and make a tribute to the past, and who doesn’t like to indulge in some reminiscing? Collages are particularly appropriate for birthdays and anniversaries.

What makes them particularly special is that they are a chance to kill two birds with one stone, commemorating not just the colleague’s years in the company, but also your relationship with him/her. The nature of that relationship will determine the kind of photos that make the cut. The closer you are with your coworker, the more kompromat you can include.

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It’s a delicate balance that needs to be struck, and to help you do it, we have compiled a list of universal gifts that would rank you very highly on most people’s favorite co-workers list. Pixabay

As far as sentimental and personal gifts go, collages are one of the safest bets.

Desk Sculpture

Little sculptures are a great embellishment of a work desk, and if you happen to know your colleague’s taste, you can really hit a homerun. The sculpture can be motivational to help the person get through a rough week at the office, or something humorous to keep things lighthearted.

Mug

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Mugs are one of the most popular gift choices for coworkers for a reason – their practicality, as virtually everyone needs one.

Plus, despite their popularity, mugs can’t really turn into a cliché because the options for customization are infinite. You can make a mug that reflects a signature trait of your coworker’s personality, the theme of your relationship, among 100 other things.

On-the-Go Espresso Machine

This gift is so good it could turn into a curse. A coffee lover’s dream. This incredible device allows you to brew espresso at your very desk. It is very compact, weighing less than half a pound and taking up very little space.

The cleaning process is also extremely easy since there are no filters, so this otherwise very dreadful part about having your own coffee machine is completely eliminated. 

Essential Oil Diffuser

An essential oil diffuser, and aromatherapy altogether, are great for loosening up the tension and make the office atmosphere a little less about business and a little more about pleasure. A gift like this can help a coworker relax and by doing so can actually improve productivity, performance, and the overall work experience.

Personal Air Circulation Fan

A personal air circulation fan can be a godsend in the hot summer days, especially for a co-worker who is always warm. This gift is very small and compact, making it extremely practical.

Book

If you know your co-worker likes to read, then a book is always a great gift for a number of reasons.

First of all, it provides an experience that can last for a while, so if the book is to your colleague’s liking, he/she will be indirectly thinking about you for a while. Not just that, but the satisfaction of reading a quality book is intangible, so being the one who found it, you will be the object of some serious gratitude.

This gift also makes for a very fruitful subject for conversation, you can even start an improvised, casual book club. And if it happens that you haven’t read the book in question, well then you can borrow it once your coworker is done with it, which is the epitome of killing two birds with one stone.

Desktop Basketball

Desktop basketball is one of the best gifts you could give to a gamer, or even just someone with an affinity for playing with fun, quaint toys.

Desktop basketball is unique in that it is as simple as it is infinitely fun. It provides a nice, little break from work, or perhaps even a welcomed distraction that you sometimes need to get to that coveted “Eureka!” moment we see in films all the time. In that sense, desktop basketball can be particularly suitable for workers in the creative fields in which ideas can seemingly come out of nowhere sometimes, during times when the mind has some time to rest, wander, and make the associations that have been eluding it.

There are other desktop games like golf, for example, which are also viable options, but in our humble opinion, the basketball one is the best.

Mist Screen Cleaners

Mist screen cleaners are another universally practical gift as it can be useful to anyone with a phone and/or a computer, so unless you work in an Amish community, it should come in handy.

Having a dirty screen can be interpreted as a sign of the lack of professionalism, or at the very least, it just isn’t very nice to look at day after day, so this gift has both professional and personal value.

There are other gift ideas out there, but these ones represent a nice sample of diverse options which can be appreciated by many different kinds of people and professionals.