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Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained

January 27, 2012, 5:58 pm
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Here's are some pointers to define the B,C, D and E grade films in Bollywood. (Text from mid-day.com)
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • While Neha Dhupia's famous quote 'sex and SRK sells in Bollywood' holds true for A-Grade-films, there is a blooming parallel industry of B, C, D and E-Grade films that can easily do without any Khan.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • All they need is a heavy dose of 'erotica and cheap thrills' to get the desired eyeballs.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Here's what a B-Grade-films-enthusiast Aseem Chandaver, the director of Miss Lovely (which pays tribute to C-Grade films) Ashim Ahluwalia, the king of B-Grade-films Kanti Shah, have to say about the ABCs of the industry and what makes it such a cult.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • A B-movie is generally defined as a low budget film that is definitely not art house or pornographic.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Ahluwalia, who has spent 10 years researching on this industry says, "It's actually a meaningless term. In its original usage in 1950s America, the term specifically described a film intended for distribution as the unknown; bottom half of a double feature, often in drive-in cinemas. It doesn't mean anything in India except it is often a raunchy film without major stars, although Dharam-ji has appeared in many."
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • According to Chandaver, the evolution of B-Grade films started in 1987 with a film called 'Raat Ke Andhere Main'.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • The popular notion is that B films are all about sex and sleaze. "They don't follow any rules," says Ahluwalia.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Chandaver who boasts of a collection of 400 titles says, "The directors express their wildest fantasies through these films. In the 80s there wasn't much nudity in B movies except for films like 'Pyaasa Shaitan'."
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • These films range from B, C, D to E grade. What separates a D grade film from B and C is bad production and very bad actors.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • In D grade films if there is shortage of actors they cast their spot boys as well. There are also various genres in these films horror, daku, junglee, Tarzan, erotica, naag and action.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • "The horror genre inspired by the Ramsays is unfortunately dying." Ashim confesses, "C-Grade films are more honest and are characterised by violent, gory, and mostly sexual content and a minimum of artistic interest. They are not even trying to mimic A-Grade films and often have something unintentionally interesting going on."
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • These films might be targeted at 'the jhuggi jhopri crowd', but has also managed to attract some cinephiles.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Ahluwalia says, "Most people find them funny because they can be accidentally quite hilarious," and adds, "The target audience are the people who find Aamir Khan or Amitabh Bachchan boring and would rather see a Chudail rip someone's head off or have an erotic shower."
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • The founding father of B grade films are Vinod Talwar, Mohan Bhakri and D films are Raj Kumar Kohli, Joginder and K Bapaiya.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • "The 'Khooni Dracula' director-producer Harinam Singh is hailed as the God of D-Grade films. He defies every rule in the book," says Chandaver.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Suresh Jain is the uncrowned king of erotica.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Suresh Jain made a series of films titled 'Doodhwali', 'Machhiwali', 'Maalishwali', 'Kelewali', etc.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Chandaver says, "My all time favorite was Joginder Shelley who passed away in 2009.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Ahluwalia says, "The actors I like from C grade films are mostly from the 1980s. Sapna, Poonam Das Gupta, Jyoti Rana, Sheetal, J Neelam and Joginder are all terrific. My favourite performance is Harinam Singh in/ as 'Shaitani Dracula'."
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Producer of 'Sheila Ki Jawani' Kanti Shah says that the industry is going through a rough patch due to the rise in multiplexes and the single screens shutting down.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • "My next, a horror film will release in a multiplex. The budget will be thtice of my other films," says Kanti Shah.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • "Also now all the films are releasing on YouTube or digital media," said Kanti Shah.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • "Nearly 100 films release annually and the average budget of a B film is around 40 lakh. Their DVDs come at a cost of anything between Rs 25 to 99," Shah added.
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • As a rule these movies make profit. Shah says, "Most movies make double the amount invested."
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained
  • Bollywood's B, C, D and E grade films explained