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Covid-19: Will Hindi cinema's disaster genre now come of age?

It would be difficult to imagine that a real-life event like the coronavirus pandemic wouldn’t usher in a new phase for the disaster genre within Hindi film.

While popular Hindi films often ‘remade’ Hollywood films with aplomb across genres, the one genre that rarely enjoyed acceptability was the disaster genre. It’s not like folks in India did not enjoy the typical larger-than-life disaster spectacle from the west.

Ask anyone from your parents’ or grandparents’ generation about (1972), (1974) or (1976), and see their eyes light up. The genre had nearly everything that suited a typical Hindi film — an unlikely hero fighting insurmountable odds with enough plot twists and what have (1979) and (1980) tried to usher in the disaster genre but despite all the elements including good music and great star cast, both films failed to fire up the audiences. In the light of the coronavirus pandemic, the disaster genre in Hollywood has enjoyed a revival thanks to the fine line between reel and real being down away with life resembling films such as .

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