Chitrangada Singh, the female lead in Inkaar, said song-and-dance numbers in films had been around for decades. She pointed in particular to Helen, a legendary Indian star in the 1970s and the most famous “item girl.”
“Helen did a lot of dances during my mother’s time, but men were not like this,” she said.
Veteran art film actor and television presenter Farooq Sheikh suggested that scripts had deteriorated over the years.
“Intelligent writers need to be given a chance,” he said.
Leading independent filmmaker Anurag Kashyap said it was up to the audience to make moviemakers adapt.
“Cinema is business and whatever will work, they’ll keep doing that,” he told NDTV. “You want that to change, stop watching those films... stop buying those tickets.”