Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan, who attended the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star on Tuesday, said the movies today are ‘more about numbers and business’ rather than ‘a time when Indian filmmakers used to create art’.
The actress, who is also member of Rajya Sabha, said, “Everything is thrown at our face. People have forgotten subtlety. Open display of affection is considered smart… sharam naam ki toh cheese hee nahi hai (people are no longer ashamed). Now, it’s about big collections at the box office, Rs 100 crore films, first weekend collection…It’s all Greek to me.” The actress is known for her movies like Guddi, Abhiman, Zanjeer, Mili and Sholay.
Talking about the western influences on our cinema, the wife of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, said, “I don’t know why. Maybe, they are richer countries and are considered more progressive. But I think the Indian mind is very progressive.”
Bachchans are one of the most influential families of Bollywood. “People like ‘Aligarh’ and ‘Masaan’ because they show the real India and real problems of India,” Jaya Bachchan said talking about how she thinks very few films these days represent the Indian culture.
“I get stressed out when I see this kind of cinema. I need to run away to some quiet place,” said the actress who has been associated to movies like Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham and Fiza.
Do you think she is indirectly hinting at the steamy scenes between Ranbir Kapoor and her daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil?