Bollywood’s Latest Obsession ‘Coal Mafia’

Koyelaanchal mainDirectors are finally waking up to the idea of using the burning social issue of corruption in coal mines for their films. Koyelaanchal which released this Friday, May 09, 2014, revolves around the same issue.

Director Asshu Trikha attempts to bring out the dark underbelly of coal industry and underline the exploitation of the inhabitants of the mine.

Yash Raj Film‘s Gunday, which has come in recent times too tries to highlight this scam albeit through the typical rose tints which define the banner. The film could not garner much response as oppose to the cult two-part  film Gangs Of Wasseypur.

Interestingly, the same Yash Raj banner made Kala Patthar in the year 1979 with a star studded cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor and Shatrughan Sinha. This film, though dealt with this sensitive issue with aplomb, was far from being a commercial hit.

Though the Bollywood has always enjoyed making films on underworld like Company, Satya, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai  but Anurag Kashyap‘s Gangs Of Wasseypur seems to be the only movie which was well received by audience.

A small time film director Sriram Dalton is all set to release his film Spring Thunder based on this burning social problem sometime in next year.

Only time will tell if these films enjoy the same response as garnered by the Wasseypur films but one can safely say that the Bollywood is finally waking up to the idea of touching this topic.