Why Hollywood is no longer ROM-COM?

There was a time wherein Hollywood was meant for Rom-Com movies. Actors like Tom Cruise, Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Sandler, Paul Rudd, Colin Firth, Taye Diggs, Josh Lucas, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere many more were entertaining the audience with realistic plots with pure comedy and swoon-worthy romance. Even the actress like Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Julia Stiles, Meg Ryan many more.

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The main reason actors don’t want to sign Rom-Com movies because THEY DONT WANT TO BE A GOOD GUY!

Actor Hugh Grant, the man of ROM-COM movies has explained in an interview about Why he isn’t doing Rom-Com Movies anymore?

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“I’ve gotten too old and ugly and fat to do them anymore,” he said. “So now I’ve done other things and I’ve got marginally less self-hatred.”I was being paid tons of money. I was very lucky,” he continued. “And most of those romantic comedies I can look squarely in the face — one or two are shockers, but on the whole, I can look them in the face, and people like them. And I am a big believer that our job is to entertain. It’s not to practice some weird, quasi-religious experience.” and he continued “Every decision I ever made was probably wrong,” he said. “After Four Weddings, and the world was my oyster, I should’ve made interesting decisions and done different stuff. Instead, I repeated myself almost identically about 17 times in a row.”

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With Hollywood studios drastically climbing back the number of romantic-comedies they execute, the directors everywhere right connected to this style haven’t been ready to create new movies that could reassert the importance of rom-com. The journey of rom-com directors didn’t just appeal to long-established pictures in the style.

Everything that has transformed is distribution. Home viewing has shifted the standard for most movies, including the theaters owned for tent pole films that will make huge gains. Large, rich films that interest all four quadrants (male, female, under 25, and over 25) and have the quality and visual effects to justify the difficulty of going to the movies get the theater. Films meant to pursue Oscars get the theater. The middle films and small films are still being made, but go to the video on request, networks, and streaming services.
The cute romantic comedy genre has been cleaned up by networks like the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime, with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu bidding to offer cute romantic comedies to audiences that have cut the cord. Hallmark, for example, premiered 40 brand-new cute romantic comedies this holiday season. Hulu offered up Palm Springs and Happiest Season. Netflix parried with Holidate and Dash & Lilly. And some, like Emma and The Lovebirds, found theater lulls to fill.

The new actors & actresses are not interested in doing romantic comedies. It could be for many reasons but the fact still remains that they are simply not interested in doing these types of movies for any reason.

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Reviving of roast culture in India since YouTube V/S TikTok

The roast genre, in which a public figure is ridiculed as their friends watch, is widely popular. You might have come across roast comedy in various forms like roast battles, roast shows & television shows like ‘Comedy Night Bachao,’ ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ or Comic Roast Of Milind Soman’s Memoir ‘Made In India’ By Cyrus Broacha. But from where did it start?

The inception of roast comedy in India was via the infamous ‘AIB Knockout’ 2014 {Inspired by Comedy Central’s Roasts of Charlie Sheen & Donald Trump}. It kicked off controversy & was debated on the grounds of vulgarity, instigating violence & morally unethical. Later on, the video was removed from YouTube.

The show entered via YouTube, but now if you look back the scene has adapted itself; channels have started to air roast shows with celebrities as their main roast item.

However, ‘roasting’ is not a new phenomenon. It has existed since the 1920s & was first televised almost 30 years ago with ‘The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast’ and now ‘Comedy Central’ has made it mainstream with their popular roasts of Pamela Anderson, James Franco and Charlie Sheen, among others. Comedians like Jeff Ross, Anthony Jeselnik and Sarah Silverman have made careers out of insulting celebrities with jokes that can make even the most seasoned of us cover our ears and avert our eyes.

In early 2020, the internet witnessed a row over TikTok vs YouTube. It was sparked after a YouTuber bashed TikTok for its frivolous content and then a TikToker reciprocated with a video reply. Carryminati, a prolific Youtuber, roasted a famous TikToker Amir Siddhique. The video got an unprecedented response with 76 million views while the subscriber count of the young Youtuber doubled to 17 million.

In the video, Carry had allegedly commented on physical attributes and the LGBTQ community that were discriminatory in nature. This propelled many other YouTubers to resort to roasting Amir. Amir alleged Carry for cyberbullying and then, YouTube, abiding by its guidelines, removed Carry’s video. However, the fans of the YouTuber got outraged with the action and started trending the #JusticeForCarry. In India, it is no more astonishing to note that nobody from the audience questioned the extent to which one should be roasted. Many questioned: Is Indian roasting culture only reduced to cyberbullying and harassment?

Post YouTube taking down Carry’s video, Comedian Kunal Kamra, uploaded a video with the title “Aaja Beta Carry Teko Roast Sikhaye!” & the video got 2.4M dislikes till now. Many memes around the video emerged such as – ‘A roaster gets roasted for roasting.’

Following the trend, roast culture has revived in the country.

Like any other trend, roast comedy or insult comedy has also seen the evolution. Recently, after Netflix’s ‘Indian Matchmaking’ & the protagonist Sima Taparia hogging headlines, Instagram introduced filter called ‘Sima Roast’ created by an Instagram user Becca D (@leftbrainedcenteraligned) & it goes like this ‘What does Sima Taparia from Mumbai thinks of you?” If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?

For good roasting, one must make sure it is classic. ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ and ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’ are some of our favourites.

Sit back; relax, and laugh with these shows, because not everything is negative in the world.