It has been over a decade since Christopher Nolan’s Inception came out and blew our minds off.
The idea of having a dream within a dream was original and unbelievably complicated but the way Nolan broke it down (while also confusing a lot of us in the process) is exactly what makes the film a must-watch, even today.
The movie made us ask ourselves questions that we couldn’t have even imagined of thinking.
It forced us to think about just how powerful yet vulnerable the mind of a human being can be and left us grasping for more with an epic cliffhanger of whether or not Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) was dreaming when he finally meets his kids.
Amongst millions of fans of the film, one noticeable face belongs to Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, the man who’s established a name for himself as that of a ‘Perfectionist’ in the Hindi film industry over the years with some exceptional performances in movies like Lagaan, Rang De Basanti and… Thugs Of Hindostan (shh… It’s a joke).
Having said that, in a conversation with Rajeev Masand, Khan gave three broad reasons why Bollywood might never make movies like Inception.
1. Afraid Of Experimenting:
Khan said that Hollywood is far ahead of India in terms of “their ability to tell stories well”.
He believes that the freedom with which Hollywood directors dare to choose the movies to make and the way they push the message across to the audience is far superior to Bollywood.
2. Lack Of Imagination:
“They are able to do anything that they imagine and we are not able to imagine only,” he says.
The actor feels that it is only when we have the imagination to think big that we can start putting those ideas on paper and try to execute them too.
3. Dumbing Down Movies For Audiences:
While trying to reach out to a “large and healthy audience” as Khan puts it, a lot of our movies (not unlike a few Hollywood movies) are made less complicated and easier to comprehend by masses.
The difference is that the sheer number of “dumbed down” movies in India is far more than that in Hollywood.
It is probably because of this reason why we’ve developed a name most of the content we watch as “mindless entertainment”.
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