The competition commission, the anti-monopoly business practices watchdog of the government is facing a peculiar problem.

It is expected to act on a complaint where the complainants and the alleged both share the common traits and some members have been in both of the camps at times. So, before acting on the complaint, the competition commission has to set the guideline to probe this particular case so as to identify the ‘sides’ and the ‘actors’ involved.

Anyway, lets comeback to the complaint.

The commission has been approached by a ‘makeshift’ body of the so-called mainstream commercial cinemamakers’ association. The association has lodged a written complaint against the continuum of the filmmakers engaged in trash filmmaking alleging them of cornering the funds that are scarcely available to the film industry.

The complaint alleges that the flow of the funds to the largely unorganized section of the Indian film industry is a sheer waste of precious resources as its members don’t work for creating critically significant and aesthetically important products that could remain evergreen and could become the identity enablers for the posterity. Instead, they are busy in dishing out overtly gaudy, sleazy, unintelligibly thrilling and amorphously packed bits of entertainment that is absolute rubbish even if compared to the escapist cinema of some of the mainstream cinemamakers.

The mainstream cinemamakers’ body that also represents the many stalwarts of the dynasty cinema in the film industry has said in its complaint that strength of the count and spread of the work of trash filmmakers have reached to the monopolizing levels in the country. They have outnumbered the mainstream cinemamakers and are polluting the creative atmosphere even further by co-opting/forcing the filmmakers engaged in producing different ‘types’ of mainstream cinema to adopt the elements and styles of trash filmmaking in their productions.

The complaint doesn’t name anyone because there are filmmakers that have been straddling through both of the ‘types’. The mainstream cinemamakers body accepts it as a grey area and has requested the competition commission to find a way out of this nagging problem.

It says there is no composite style of trash filmmaking and it borrows and creates aesthetically despicable elements of filmmaking to create and perpetuate frivolous characters that scavenge on the peoples’ urge to get some easily available escapist entertainment and thus harm the notions of a healthy, responsible and participative society.

The competition commission has accepted the complaint for further hearing and action.

It would be interesting to watch how the competition commission tackles this ‘straddling’ problem?

Also, though there is no association to represent the trash filmmakers, their names are an open secret. Let’s see how they strategise to counter this move by their professional brethren.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –