Talk about being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. While many industries have been economically suffocated by a deadly global virus, few have been hit as hard as the film industry in particular, with Bollywood taking a worse setback than its Southern and Hollywood counterparts, due to the fact that it It was a pretty poor year at the box office even before the lockdown went into effect. And if you are one of those who thinks that these are just big name actors and filmmakers who already have huge cash deposits to hold on to for years to come, then we’re sorry to burst your bubble. , but you don’t know anything. on the industry or on the functioning of cinema in general.
That being said, and given the COVID-19 situation, Bollywood only has itself to blame for the deeper hole it finds itself in than other film industries around the world. After all, when your ballot says 1 blockbuster, 1 hit, 1 above average verdict, 2 average verdicts, 2 below average verdicts, 10 flops and 38 catastrophes, you need to start looking inward rather than downward. ‘outside.
Check out the 2020 Bollywood box office report below:
As you can see from the table above, it has been a terrible year for producers, actors, directors, distributors, exhibitors (theater owners) and just about everyone associated with the entertainment industry. cinema. In fact, the amount of disasters and the paltry sum they amassed are so less that it wasn’t even worth listing them and wasting your time. Of course, OTT seems to have come as a form of relief for manufacturers, but truth be told, more than a few of them have managed to make money on it due to the business model where a lump sum is paid. in advance, but the truth be told, with the exception of Laxmii and Dil Bechara, and to a lesser extent, Shakuntala Devi and Khuda Haafiz, the ratings of films shown online are also not up to par. . Imagine the utter shambles the box office would have been in without Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Malang.
Coronavirus or not, filmmakers really need to start thinking better to cater to a Pan-Indian audience rather than getting stuck in this single class and mass multiplex and screen rut. Sure, some movies perform better in certain centers and with certain demographics, but a movie with universal appeal with at least some numbers where they have a smaller market. Case in point is how Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari performed despite opening amid the pandemic and with theaters running at 50% capacity and with many moviegoers still hesitant to make it to the movie theater. and not without reason.
Hopefully 2021 will see much better results for Bollywood at the box office. But for that to happen, filmmakers and actors need to come up with better products to excite the general public.