In the past few years, Bollywood has made a paradigm shift from churning out commercial potboilers to making serious films that are characterized by bold experimentations in techniques, themes and subject matter. This trend is also evident from a number of latest and upcoming Bollywood movies.

The distinction between commercial and parallel cinema has become blurred. Today’s Hindi films border more on realism, and are characterised by excellent editing, cinematography and direction. A host of talented directors are now proving their credibility and influencing audience preferences by their revolutionary films.

Most of the recently released and upcoming Bollywood movies like Aamir, A Wednesday and Black & White deal with stories of middle-class people and the rise of the common man. The common man’s fight against global terrorism and social injustice has found favour with the new directors.

Another noticeable trend is the introduction of the latest technology and special effects (Drona, Krrish, Love Story-2050 etc) in all their grandeur. Animation films are also becoming quite popular, and even big production houses like Yash Raj Films are venturing into this genre.

Yet another trend that has set the cash registers ringing for producers is the remake of old classics. Some of the recent remakes to hit the screens are RGV ki Aag (a remake of Sholay) and Don (remake of Amitabh’s blockbuster of the 70s).

The trend of making films that cater to the urban audience is also fast catching up. Films like Life in a Metro, Page3, Company and Fashion that target a niche audience – the urban-metropolitan segment of viewers – are also turning out to be good money spinners.

Another upcoming trend perceptible in Bollywood is that of multiple films being produced every year by select production houses. In fact there is an emerging trend towards co-productions as well.

Last but not the least, the overseas uptake of latest Hindi movies has gone up and number of overseas prints has increased for big-budget Hindi films. A large segment of the Indian population settled abroad is hooked on to Bollywood, and it is believed that the upcoming Bollywood movies may even give Hollywood producers a run for their money.

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