Budget is the economy’s face, Bollywood is a mirror that reflects it

By Hindustan Times

If you saw Guru Dutt sulk in Pyaasa (The Thirsty, 1957) on the arrogance of the rich, you can blame it on the Nehruvian economic model that focused on industrialization with the Second Five-Year Plan that began in 1956. In the same year, we had a more optimistic Naya Daur (New Age),
in which Dilip Kumar plays a tongawalla who takes on the threats posed by the arrival of the bus. The tonga-bus race in the movie set in the backdrop of a controversial road to link a remote village symbolizes the ambition of emerging India and took place long before Aamir Khan’s Lagaan (2001) that reinforced the confidence of nationalism through a fictional cricket match between Indian villagers and English r