Why do Indian film-goers like mannerism and unnatural over-acting?
In a nutshell, I find the acting skill of the actors of previous era laughable.
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I was a huge fan of Vinod Khanna, and I have said this before, he reminded me of the comic-book character (super-hero category) Phantom, the Ghost who walks. Sunil Dutt, well I have seen many of his movies, courtesy Doordarshan, but I was never a fan. I have seen just a few of Salman Khan's movies.
Neither Vinod Khanna nor Sunil Dutt had a fan following like Salman Khan. I don't much care for the latter's style of acting, but that doesn't stop other people from being crazy about him.
We did/do have some great actors, there is Sanjeev Kumar, Guru Dutt, Anupam Kher, Pankaj Kapur, Nana Patekar, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Dilip Kumar, Kamal Hassan, Irfan Khan, and Aamir Khan to name a few. But, it would be wrong to compare their acting abilities. They are/were great in their own way.
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Santosh Kumar Singh
(Sr. Microsoft Dynamics Axapta Technical,Mumbai)
Some hindi actors have taken some styles from hollywood counterparts. In fashion, showbiz and picture industry it is a daily affair to copy and adopt it and present it slightly different way.
There are many people who have seen lot of english as well as hindi movies. They will tell you the similiarties of styles and actions of one actor with other.
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Those days also there were good actors and bad actors. These days also good actors and bad actors are there. We can't see another N T Rama Rao. Or. Amitab .
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I totally agree with you, we can't compare present actors with older ones because the whole film industry has changed in terms of acting, movies, script etc.