Sunday, August 19, 2007

Underdogs

As an addict of movies every time I watched a Hollywood movie featuring a bunch of misfits going ahead to win a match of football(the longest yard), basket ball (Glory Road), ice hockey(Miracle) or boxing(Rambo Series of movies)…. I wondered why like Hollywood, Bollywood do not repeat this formula instead of love storey with father playing the villain formula.
It finally happened and Chak de India released.
There is something about this formula that touches the heart, in real life and in reel life. I remember vividly the finals of Wimbledon in 2001, when I witnessed Goran Ivanisevic win the title. He was the only person to win the men’s singles title as a wildcard.
Movies, which talks about, how success is close to you anywhere you stand on the rating chart of life are appealing. It’s the wisdom of life …that something’s like hard work, focus, honesty and some madness…almost always work to get you anything; you set your heart at.

3 comments:

Varahasimhan said...

Lagaan was an underdog movie that exploited the concept to the fullest...

Cheers
Varahasimhan.

aish said...

Jo jita wahi sikandar ..had the similar concept too

Hozefa said...

I think the reason for this formula not being used in Bollywood is quite obvious.
The target audience of Hollywood are too much into sports and not just one or two but a lot of them. Even if they themselves dont play these, they atleast understand the games. In India the only sport that most people enjoy and understand is Cricket, with Hockey, Tennis and Football (soccer) gaining popularity at a tremendous pace.
The Underdog story can then be used, if used only with Cricket it will be boring after a time. :)