How far can one go to carry out their Bollywood dreams? Every day around thousands of people come to Mumbai in the hope of getting a chance in the Bollywood industry. Some choose to run away from their home or keep on fighting with their family while others simply follow their destiny’s path. Director K. D. Satyam correctly portrays this battle in his two hours and two minutes long film.
Bollywood Diaries isn’t the story of one person. It shows three different stories of three different individuals. It doesn’t just focus on the typical problems, but some of the unusual situations people face to fulfill their dream.
Vishnu Srivastava (Ashish Vidyarthi), a working class man from Bhilai, who is also an ex-theater artist, leaves the stage, to get married and take the responsibility of a family. Vishnu works in an administration office against his own wish of turning into an actor. Before long, his girl gets married, and he moves Mumbai to advance toward Bollywood. In any case, fate has its own plans.
Imli (Raima Sen), a sex worker in Kolkata, wants to become a famous actress in Bollywood. She tries to satisfy her customers from Mumbai, with the desire of getting into movies. Vineet Kumar, a movie producer goes to the red light area to look into for his presentation film and meets Imli. He sees the ability in her and urges her to act in the film. Vineet offers her a big role in his film that will show her battles. Will Vineet really help her?
Rohit (Salim Diwan), a BPO specialist from Delhi, tries his luck in Bollywood. With his awesome acting, Rohit impresses the judges. Will he make to the finals?
Delhi BPO representative Rohit Gupta (Salim Diwan), Bhilai Steel Plant representative Vishnu Srivastava (Ashish Vidyarthi) and Kolkata sex specialist Imli (Raima Sen) are completely different people with completely different life situations. However, the three are bound by their dream and destiny in Bollywood.
Director K. D. Satyam touches the heart with his sensible depiction of characters and circumstances. I felt awful when I saw only three people (counting me) in the theater on the 1st day of the film release. Who even thinks about ‘Bollywood Diaries’?
With movies such as “Aligarh” and ‘Tere Bin Lade’ releasing on the same date, ‘Bollywood Diaries’ will obviously go unnoticed in the theaters. I feel pity for such movie producers, who make a film with such conviction and everything goes in waste as the film doesn’t have any big celebrity face and marketing tricks.
Ashish Vidyarthi and Raima Sen did justice with their roles. Salim Diwan could have improved his performance. The agony of unfulfilled wishes and broken dreams is heart twisting. Vineet Kumar gave a great performance in his little role. The music of such a low budget film was unexpectedly great.
‘Mann Ka Mirga’ by the Noora sisters, ‘Manwa Behrupiya’ by Arijit Singh and “Titli” by Papon are enough to fill your eyes with tears. These songs take the story forward. The disclaimer, which reads ‘Bollywood Diaries’, is a tribute to each one of those, who are still trying to make a mark in Bollywood. The film is filled with beautiful and shocking moments. To show the madness most people face to make in Bollywood, Rohit breaks bottles on his head, cuts his wrist with a razor and whips himself.
Is this dream really worth so much blood, particularly for a man who has lots of ability?
Director: K. D. Satyam
Cast: Raima Sen, Ashish Vidyarthi, Salim Diwan, Vineet Kumar