Things have changed, filmmaking has become a business today: Jaya Bachchan

Jaya also pointed out that Bollywood films have increasingly started to ape west and do not look Indian anymore.

Things have changed, filmmaking has become a business today: Jaya Bachchan

Rajya Sabha MP and veteran actress Jaya Bachchan expressed that filmmakers of the past made movies with certain honestry to their craft, but it is missing in the cinema made by filmmakers these days.

Jaya said people in her era, and even before, were guided by a true passion for cinema to tell the stories that were essential, according to a report in PTI.

"I think people at that time, writers, thinkers, artistes of different kinds, musicians, or anybody who had some kind of sensitivity in them, made cinema that they thought should be made. Of course, it had to talk about the time they were living in, or had lived with. Unfortunately, or fortunately, they didn't talk about what is going to happen to cinema (in the future)," she said.

According to the veteran actress, their strive for creativity resulted in good cinema, unlike the filmmakers of today, who chase money.

"Most importantly they were all creative people and not businessmen. I think that is why they could make the kind of cinema they did at that time which is relevant even today," the wife of Amitabh Bachchan said.

She was addressing at a special panel discussion on the cinema of iconic filmmaker Bimal Roy, at the 18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star, last evening.

The "Sholay" actress said filmmaking today has undergone a huge change, with no space for subtlety or even shame.

"Unfortunately, the demand from a filmmaker is very different today than it was at that time. Filmmakers at that time didn't do business, they created art. Today it is business, all about numbers. Everything is thrown at your face. People have forgotten subtlety, open display of affection is considered smart. All that definition has changed. Aur sharam naam ki toh koi cheez he Nahi hai," she stated.