'80s was the worst period in Bollywood'

'80s was the worst period in Bollywood'

Writer duo

They started off with television and got their first big break as lyricist and dialogue writers films with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Goliyon Ki Raasleela — Ram Leela”. Their next was Karan Johar’s “Brothers”.

And now, after getting a taste of both small and big screen, the writer duo Siddhart and Garima have stepped into the digital world. They have penned down a web series titled Shaadi Boys, based on the lives of three young boys — Neil, Nitin and Mukesh.

However, Siddharth feels that as there is no censorship on the internet, writing for the new-age media is easier than TV or films. He tells Metrolife, “When we write for any TV show or a movie, there are thousand things that have to be kept in mind. We think many times before writing a dialogue. But this is not in the case of internet. A person can be as expressive as possible. There are very less restrictions.”

The series, which is a satirical take on the big fat Indian wedding scenario and the extravagance amount of money spent on it, is made for a younger audience. Garima informs that unlike TV and films, the language used in this show is closer to reality, more of what today’s youth speak. She says, “Unlike TV and films which have all kinds of audience, this series will have a segmented audience that is young and modern. We have just focused on that and tried to use the lingo which the youth can relate with.”

As there is a diverse content available on the internet, TV still seems to be dominated by saas-bahu soaps. Also, there are many questions raised on freshness and originality of ideas in Bollywood.

Commenting on this, Siddharth says, “I do not agree with these questions being raised. 80’s was the worst period in Bollywood. People were crying when there were no ideas. People are still crying when we are flourishing with it. Recent movies like “Queen”, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Sultan” are perfect examples of it. I find it wrong to compare our industry with that of the West. Their audience is different and so is ours. We are excelling in our content and this is what that counts.”

As far as lyrics are concerned, both Garima and Siddharth feel that people like Irshad Kamil, Amitabh Bhattacharya and Himanshu Sharma are doing a great job and have taken lyrics on a higher notch.   

The duo is currently working on the movie “Raabta” which is based on an epic love story, starring Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput. Their next will be Akshay Kumar starrer “Toilet — Ek Prem Katha”, which poses a satire on the sanitation condition
in India.

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