ersatile actor Om Puri, who has maintained just the right balance between commercial and parallel cinema, misses the good content on celluloid and rues that movie-making is now reduced to just money-making. “The best films were made in the 1950s and 1960s,” Puri, who has just won accolades for his work in Hollywood venture ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’, expressed his views during a group interview.
Remembering the era dominated by the likes of Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Dev Anand, the 63-year-old said: “It was the golden period because subjects were great, nice meaningful songs were there… (but) these days people forget new songs within two months.Cinema was more responsible in the 1950s and 1960s. Cinema has become irresponsible today and today movie-making means money-making.”
Although he admits that the industry is equipped with better technology, yet stylish and commercial cinema dominates hard-hitting subjects. “Of course, some good films are being made these days, but I feel hard-hitting films are not really being made, and most of the films are considered in terms of business.
“Stylish films are being made, technically we have developed a lot. But in terms of subject, the depth has been reduced,” said the actor, known for his work in films like ‘Ardh Satya’, ‘Maachis’ and ‘East is East’.