What is cinema? This is a question that has evoked a hundred answers. A good film must tell a good story, and say it engagingly, the late Ismail Merchant used to say. His association with director James Ivory and late writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala spawned wonderful movies, each rich in story and narrative simplicity.
But there have been others who felt that a movie must go beyond mere storytelling. After all who wants to see reality on screen – the dirt, the grime of everyday life need not be replicated in cinema. We see enough of that. True to this line of thought, Indian cinema has offered more fantasy than reality. Indians walk into a theatre to forget their woes and worries, to escape into a world of make-believe where women look pretty, men handsome, where women seem vulnerable and men became super human beings capable