While reading the book ‘Bollywood – A History’ by Mihir Bose, I came across the following exposition on Bollywood and found it a pretty neat one.
We have a different tradition of cinema compared to the Western tradition. The genres that
……..A proper Indian meal is an amazingly free wheeling experience compared with the tightly structured Western cuisine. In the West, meals are a linear progression, moving in a certain stately order: from small starters to larger main courses and then desserts, with each course very distinctive and totally different to the previous one. Indian meals have no such neat, linear progression of starter, main course and pudding. On the Indian dining-table, one course follows another in no particular order and some Indians even begin their meal with puddings, or eat them in between mouthfuls of savoury. The Indian thali…….the various dishes, including sweets, are put in little pots with various kinds of food and arranged circularly around the edge of a stainless steel plate. Watch an Indian eat and he might dip into any of the pots or all of them, including the pot containing the sweets. Indians say this is a joyous symphony of diverse tastes, colours and flavours in one mouthful.
And so Bollywood now started making films which had action, violence, a wronged mother, a lost son, a foiled rape attempt, a successful rape attempt, a subplot involving a dastardly criminal and a maid - who may or may not be a lost daughter – and the whole thing interspersed with lots of songs.