The A to Z challenge begins today, and I promised to take you through movies that shaped our generation this April. Not just movies that changed the way we think but some that were path breakers and others that carved out an entirely new path, or genres we just couldn’t escape.
If you have grown up in the 80’s and the 90’s then it would have been impossible to escape Action movies. The Die hard series, Rambo and the likes come first to mind with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Van Damme , Bruce Willis and Jason Statham ruling the roost. But the Indian action movies gave rise to a completely new category of hero, The Angry Young Man.
Amitabh Bachchan was the first angry young man and Agneepath, Hum, Shahenshah, Khuda Gawah were all movies that we grew up with. If you were anything like me, you rented all the other movie DVD’s and watched the magic that was Amitabh Bahchan in action.
The Angry Young man slowly began to give way to the traditional action hero and we witnessed the rise of Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan and Salman Khan. They always rose up for whats right and fought hard for the downtrodden. The villains were always gangsters, evil politicians and dakus and our heroes jumped right in for rescue. We had Ghayal, Tridev, The Khiladi movies, Parida, Krantiveer and so many more in this genre.
Eventually the hero become angrier and movies started exploring the darker side of the human mind, the one that controlled anger and the one that dealt with more complex emotions and the shades of grey. What that gave birth to was the Anti hero – the person who did all the wrong things for the right reasons, and in his reasons he was always justified. Shah Rukh Khan famously accepted Bazigar which was turned down by so many and he made the anti hero powerful and popular. Ajay Sharma/ Vicky Malhotra we can see is wrong, but still makes us cry when he dies (yes I did!).
The Action movie genre is still evolving in India, with the women doing action and the Angry Young Woman stepping into the light. A lot of the newer actor and film makers are helping this genre evolve to much more than just guns, and fight scenes.
Which were your favourite action movies growing up? Do you have anything to share about this genre with me, share in the comments below.
I am doing this A to Z Challenge in collaboration with Chandni Moudgil of Life In Third Dimension, where she will be speaking of women in contemporary cinema. Between us we are going to cover Bollywood movies that were powerful enough to shape our generation.
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