Sunshine Sundays with BuzinessBytes: Why so much adulation for crime thrillers?

Sunshine SundaysSunshine Sundays with BuzinessBytes: Why so much adulation for crime thrillers?


I remember the first time I watched a movie in a theatre is Hum Aapke Hain…Koun! I was just four years old then and hardly remembered the film’s story till I watched the same film when it got aired after many years on my home TV. The next movie I saw when I was 8 years old is Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Again, I didn’t understand much of the things happening in the movie because I wasn’t mature enough to relate to why Aishwarya had to cut her wrist when Salman said her goodbye in the movie. And neither I understand the concept of Ajay trying his level best to reunite Aishwarya and Salman in the film despite being married to Aishwarya’s character in the movie.

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After some years, I understood the film’s story and that’s when I realized the importance of family values, sacrifices for the love of our lives, and what people can do in their lives to uplift the lives of their siblings, parents, and partners. My childhood grew up in a good family environment with fewer quarrels or arguments at home and more understanding towards each other when my father came home saying he has lost his job and my mother tried her best to ensure that we completed our education and all our childhood and young age needs were met.

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I would really say that I am a movie buff because I so much get to start watching movies whenever I get free time. I like watching family dramas, emotional movies, love stories, inspiring stories of people succeeding in their lives, or even short web series on an important topic that teaches some life lessons. Of late, in the last two years when the theatres were shut due to the coronavirus lockdown, like everybody I was staying back at home and watching the stuff put on the OTT platforms.

Not only did I get bored watching crime thrillers but I got really shocked when the same genre of crime thrillers having KGF2 (that I really liked), RRR (that I adored), and The Kashmir Files (that I haven’t yet seen) has become the top 3 highest-grossing films of the year 2022. I am not against crime thrillers but when I realized that every now and then, only the genre of crime thrillers is being touched upon by serials, web series, and movies of all languages, I got really disappointed.

How can you keep people engaged or hooked to the screens with fighting or action sequences, visual effects that show a man being fearless in front of a tiger, and a story where even a man becomes so heartless for his old father to give him the task of looking after the tomb of his late mother in exchange of money? Well, these movies nowhere teach anything but they show things as they are – hard-hearted, no family values, no moral lessons, and more or less, no love stories too. 

So, can I say that the recent adulation for crime thrillers has come at a time when joint families no more exist, divorce cases are rising like anything, especially among the celebrities, and movies top the charts only if they have violence, crime scenes, offensive languages, and unrealistic action sequences that are combined with visual effects and computer graphics? Please share your thoughts on what keeps you hooked on crime thrillers and would you want some really good films to be made by the film industries?

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