Yash Raj Films is opening its own studio later this year which could have a major impact on the way films are made in India and Aditya Chopra looks set to become the most important producer in Indian film history because of his determination to control all aspects of film making and film marketing. Karan Johar is emerging as the major spokesperson of the industry and its most articulate voice, while Yash Chopra, recently awarded the Padma Bhushan, is now the undisputed figurehead of the industry at home and abroad.
Ram Gopal Verma and his Factory are experimenting with form and genre of Hindi cinema, notably with action and thrillers, although they have not produced many great films to date. However, Satya is a modern masterpiece, perhaps one of the best films of the last decade and one that surely deserved proper international distribution. Unlike earlier attempts at film noir, Satya thoroughly domesticates the gangster genre to show the city of Bombay as few films have done before. It depicts the ambivalence of the city as a place of threat and terror, yet also one of hope and with locations that afford moments of love and friendship. The script is taut, the clearly defined characters of the gangsters are gripping and Manoj Bajpai as Bhikhu Mhatre turns in one of the most powerful performances of recent years.