“What else do you expect from a Bollywood movie?” is a defeatist, cynical refrain. It’s time we expected way more.
India’s biggest stars – Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, and more – actually have tried taking anti-establishment stands like Streep did at the Golden Globes. But, in India’s increasingly restrictive political climate, it’s never proven worth the time and losses.
The Hindi film industry is eager to tackle complex subjects and tell progressive stories, but is unable to break free of economics, which unfortunately still relies on male stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.