Those who have grown up watching the likes of Amitabh Bachchan doing mercurial roles in Sholay,Coolie,Deewar and Don to name a few would be absolutely at loss of words seeing the type of movies being made today,and by loss of words I mean outraged! The kind of movies being made today are just killing the art of 'acting'.
There was a time when you weren't considered a good actor,if the movie did not run in the theatres. But these days,there are different yardsticks to measure the 'ACTING SKILLS' of an individual. Whether the movie runs or no,whether the cash registers ring or no,you are considered a good actor only if you are a good KISSER! So in general,its a safe bet to say that good kissers make good actors.
While on one hand we have the industry crying out loud saying we should not even compare our film awards to the Ocsars because of the visible cultural difference, some others go any mile under this clause of "the script demands the scene" to do the kind of roles that would that would make us redefine the word called 'FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT'. Gone are those times where a kiss would be as rare as sighting the haley's comet. These days movies are incomplete without the so called intimate scenes whether it is needed or no. Its considered below dignity for a few actors in todays industry if they don't kiss on screen!
Whats worse is to see the industry divided into the so called 'CAMPS'. Like the Yashraj camp, Bhatt camp and so on. A certain group of actors not willing to move out of their comfort zones. While some actors redefine the word versatality,some others simply don't want to move out of their comfort zones. It was appalling to watch the recently concluded IIFA Awards in Macau. Its now been presumed that the Bachchan family is the first family of Bollywood, right?
So it was only obvious that the 'Actress of the Millenium Award' go to the Bachchan Bahu,while some other genuine and talented entertainers who had a huge impact on the audience like Madhuri Dixit and Rani Mukherji were ignored. One thing's for sure, to make it big in B town, you need to decide which camper you want to be, or marry into a bollywood family. If not for these two, you have to be exceptionally skilled. Is it right to wonder if the so called Acting schools are imparting the right lessons these days?
Probably the only people who have the right to define the role of versatality can be Naseeruddin Shah or Kirron Kher. Oh heck ,how can I forget our own Aamir Khan!!