Regardless of what his/her status in Malayalam film industry is, everyone seems to hate the term “new generation”.
The seniors are not ready to accept the fact that there is a new wave that has changed the equations in Malayalam cinema to a great extent. Especially, the older generation heroes and the seasoned filmmakers who are particularly not ready update or move away from the conventional formulae.
They cite the collection figures to justify their point. “The media goes so much about the so called experiments. But when it comes to box office collections all these films are no where near the commercial mass masala flicks,” says a senior director, under the condition of anonymity.
Of course, its fine to earn big bucks but the issue is mainly about the reluctance to go with any thought that is new. So the younger crop of heroes is labelled in general as “new generation heroes” and the new crop of films are just dismissed as “copies from the West”.
Maybe that is the reason why the fans were really pleased when they heard the dialogue said by Fahadh Faasil to Mammootty in Lal Jose's Immanuel - “You are my hero.” Or take a look at the posts in various social networking sites.
During the recent AMMA show in Kochi, there was a skit, where youngsters like Fahadh Faasil, Prithviraj, Asif Ali and Jayasurya attempt to lift a bow, which was eventually lifted pretty easily by Dileep. Now is that a pointer towards the attitude of the older generation?
One thing is for sure. If not anyone else, the believers of the conventional school are in panic as they feel being left out as the world around them moves on.
(In Pic: Kunchakko Boban, Pritviraj, Asif Ali, Fahadh Faasil, Narain, Indrajeet)