Over populated countries suffer miserably in the infrastructure and the employment sectors, and in terms of the overall economic maladies. You also have to suffer a daily grind due to overcrowded trains, buses, parks, beaches, restaurants, cinema houses, shopping plazas and even overcrowded homes. Such population pressure is often reflected in works of arts. Let’s analyze its impact in movies made in such a country like India that is a typical case of an overpopulated country.
Situation one. The three -hour average length of an Indian movie (read Hindi movie). This is due to the songs and dances that make up to nearly a quarter of the length. There are thousands of singers, musicians and music directors, and thousands of aspirants in this line. Who can afford to make this huge chunk of population unemployed? So despite this being a well known weakness of highest grossing indian movies Indian movies as far as Oscar nomination is concerned the Indian length continues to bloom.
Situation two. The male and female leads of a movie fall in love. In a Hollywood movie they will just fix a date and have great fun. But in an Indian movie when romance strikes they suddenly will start trotting around in an elaborate song and dance sequence. Hundreds of dancers will materialize out of nowhere and join them in an absolute celebration of life. Who can afford to make this huge chunk of dancer-artiste population unemployed? In fact, more and more opportunities need to be created for them. Some Indian movies are really trying to do that and in such movies you never know when and where song-dance sequences will corner you.
Situation three. The main antagonist wants to kill the protagonist or someone related to him or her. In a Hollywood movie the villain will simply take out a gun, stalk the prey and shoot him or her dead. Or he or she may depute someone to do the job. But in an Indian movie the villain will move out in a convoy of pricey cars with dozens of goons armed with an array of swords, daggers, knives, sticks and of course, guns and machine guns. The prey, one or more, will be attacked in a grandiose sequence of endless chase and nobody will even think of firing a gun lest it kills him or her instantly. Who can afford to make this huge chunk of junior artiste-cum-aspiring hero population unemployed? In fact, more and more opportunities need to be created for them.
So, population pressure takes a tremendous toll on movie making and Indian movies are paying a high price for this. If not for other basic reasons, population must be controlled for making excellent movies that can stand at the Oscars’.