Indian multiplexes bringing diversity to film business
Indian single-screen theaters are being replaced by Amercan-style multiplexes. The Hindu has an article detailing how this move has brought diversity to the Indian film industry, crowding out local films.
The closing of all those grand old single-screen talkies marked the end of a certain kind of movie-going culture in India that existed up to the ‘90s. Going to a movie was a thrilling, singular experience then. Those were the days when you had to stand in a long queue to get a ticket. You came an hour and half before the show. Standing in the queue, you came across regulars. That was what was so cool about the whole thing: you stood there talking to a total stranger about a movie that both of you saw the last time you were here.
However, multiplexes have also allowed American films to gain a foothold.
Did you notice how all the English movies that play in these multiplexes now are only Hollywood? And the drama as a genre is mostly missing — what plays now is only action, romance, comedy, and horror.
You can read more at theHindu.