The Role of Indian Cinema

Cinema is in today’s world the most popular means of entertainment. Millions of people watch cinema everyday all over the world-not only as a means of entertainment, but also as an escape from the monotony, boredom, anxiety and troubles of life. It is a restful, pleasurable and entertaining way of rewinding and relaxing after a long day’s work. All the senses are captivated while viewing cinema and the next two and a half or three hours are spent in a wink. Moreover, every class and section of society can afford this form of entertainment at their will and convenience.

Indian cinema has a charm, flavour and magic of its own. It appeals not only to the film-crazy Indian public but also enchants a large number of audiences the world over. People who do not speak or understand Hindi still sing songs from Hindi films. An average Indian film is longer than films from other parts of the world, has a ginger-touch of love, hate, revenge, drama, tears, joys and also its own share of songs and dances. A typical Indian film has it all-all the spice and variety of life condensed into it, transporting the audience on a magic carpet to a totally different world where everything and anything is possible. Infact, Salman Rushdie has quoted:

“I have been a film buff all my life and believe that the finest cinema is fully the equal of the best novels.”

Down the years, cinema in India has reached its own destination, created its own history, touched its own milestones. From stereotyped love stories to action, to drama, to realistic, to fictional-the silver screen in its every aspect has mesmerised, captured and tantalised millions of every age, class, sex and community. The journey from silent films to talking pictures, from black and white to coloured has been long.

It has catered to the dreams and aspirations of many who have hungered for glamour and reached “Mumbai’ and it still does.

There have been two streams of cinema in India-one is the Commercial Cinema which has the sole aim of entertaining and making money in return. The second stream is the Parallel Cinema or the Art Cinema which aims at sensitising people on various social issues and problems of the society. While Commercial Cinema appeals to all sections of the society. Parallel Cinema appeals mainly to the intellectual class and the intelligentsia of the society. But a change has taken place over the last decade and half. A general awareness among people has increased and Art Cinema is being more and more appreciated by a large number of people. Many a times, an art film does much better at the box-office than a mainstream commercial film. This has resulted in the thinning of the differentiating line between Art and Commercial Cinema.

Cinema has an educative value too. Because it exercises a deep influence upon the minds of the people; cinema can be used as a very effective reformative instrument. Statutory warnings are included to spread the awareness about the adversity of smoking has compelled many to quit the habit. Social awareness can be generated on issues like dowry, women education, abortion, girl foeticide, youth unrest, corruption, unemployment, poverty, illiteracy etc. Films like No One Killed Jessica, My Name Is Khan, The Attacks of 26/11 are some movies which have dealt with current sensitive issues. Cinema can expose the evils prevalent in society. It is the most effective means of mass communication. Cinema also is a great unifying force in a diversified country like ours. People belonging to all communities and sections, speaking any language, watch the cinema with the same fascination and excitement. Moreover, people can go to places with cinema. We travel from Ooty to Shimla to Switzerland to Washington to Sydney. It also encourages the art of music, singing, dancing, script-writing, direction etc. It employs a large number of people from technicians to producers to spot boys to dress makers. Thousands of people earn their livelihood through cinema.

Shahrukh Khan has aptly put the significance of cinema by saying: “Cinema in India is like brushing your teeth in the morning. You can’t escape it.”

The silver screen spreads and sells not just dreams but captivates the hearts of young boys and girls. If this medium is not used judiciously and wisely, it can distract the youth from the right direction. Thus, the film makers should undertake film making as a social responsibility and through films should give youth a sense of direction. The trend of making films on famous novels and plays should be encouraged to spread good literature and its appreciation among common man. Sensible and relevant themes should be picked to make films. Films need not be didactic, but they still can pass on constructive messages subtly to the masses. Hence, if used with pure sensibility, cinema can help in bringing positive changes in the society and the attitudes of the people.

IMPACT OF CINE IN INDIA

Cinema plays a major entertaining role in all of our lives. Right from doing actions of our favorite celebrity or dialogues or even music, it had created impact in all children to old aged people. However, today it’s somewhat losing its value for a large number of reasons. Impact of cinema: When we enter a classroom we see the teacher using visual aids to show the kids in their class. Why we use visual aids for teaching? Are the lectures of the teachers not enough for the taught to grasp what’s being explained? the solution is, the lectures of the teachers aren’t enough. Rather than lectures, or providing any aid to teaching, this visual picture can leave a long-lasting imprint on the kids, they comprehend it better and may commit it to memory also for an extended time. Thus, after we utter the impact of cinema in India we are attempting to grasp and analyze what the effect of cinema is on the viewers. Since it’s all right accepted that visual features a great impact not only on the kids but even on the adult mind, though to a limited extent. However, this impact is more applicable and visual within the young and therefore the unlettered people. This is because the young have an immature mind and may be influenced by what they see very easily. On the unlettered adult also the impact is clear and, this can be because he doesn’t know the facts and might be influenced by whatever he sees. He doesn’t have an analytical mind so, he thinks what sees is simply the proper thing to try and do. thus the image of the cinema screen is seen to possess an indelible mark on the young and therefore the unlettered. However, this can be not happening which is why we see the scenes of the cinema halls being experimented with in the world by the 2 categories just mentioned. The effect of the cinema’s trash is being rediscovered by the kids and therefore the lower categories of our population. Once they’re out of the hall, they fight to remember what they saw and check out it comes in their own lives. The cinema is teaching the 2 important things which are ruining the material of society. The 2 things most typical to most movies are vulgarity and violence. When kids see all this they’re naturally tempted to repeat all, and also the result’s here for all folks to work out. this contemporary trend of Indian cinema may be a pure imitation of the west and Hollywood. Some kind of violence has a really negative impact on the youngsters, who copy it all and thus destroy the normal Indian culture of shyness and goodness. Besides all this being copied, what has harmed most is that the glamour seen on the silver screen. This gain harms the young and class. The young want all they see of glamour. For this, their demands from their parents go skyrocketing,  and when the oldsters are unable to meet their wishes for a life stuffed with glamour they have an inclination to be frustrated. The young g are at risk of new thinking so, once they see all the show business, they begin thinking that, this can be life and when the truth is proved to contrary, they get depressed. this can be a really negative role in the cinema of the young. within the exact same way, the uneducated adults also see their glamour and money and therefore the proven fact that crime is usually rewarded or, a minimum of not punished they also, want to measure a lifetime of affluence and learn to be violent or criminals. Thus the impact of Indian cinema on our people is gigantic. our budding generation is getting wrong notions of what life is and maybe. Violence and vulgarity are making space for themselves in every home. The impact of Indian cinema is completely disastrous for the long-run generation. They like to achieve all that their heroes and heroines have, and within the bargain, they lose track of even a straightforward happy and satisfying life. The cinema and also those working during this line must take it as their responsibility to assist generate human values instead of imbuing in us Unindian and unethical standards. Movies teaching and depicting what India was, what it’s become, and what it should be within the future would be clean themes for brief movie stories. even as this visual aid is corrupting the people, that neat and clean cinema will surely enhance our ethics and morals. For that, visuals will surely leave a bearing. Today, popular good cinema has become a rarity. This is often because, the filmmakers use this platform to earn money, so cinema rather than being treated as a learning material is now treated as a commodity that, when sold will fetch rich dividends. What the impact of cinema is, and can always remain is, for us to ponder. A change within the trend of Indian cinema is long overdue. If the people involved have any loyalty and a way of responsibility, the assembly of unpolluted entertaining cinema must start forthwith.

Violence and Masculinity in Cinema

The Indian cinema landscape is one that has seen massive evolution in terms of themes and contents over the years. It is globally recognized for its idiosyncrasies and manner of representations. Cinema has reflected what our human experiences are, and what our society has created and holds onto as ideals. But the art form itself is a vehicle of change, often bringing many issues into the limelight and generating public discourses. Cinema has great influential capacity and can reinforce or challenge many notions. Oscar Wilde said that “Life imitates art more than art imitates life”. This is often verifiably true. Heroes in movies often become the standards that youngsters aspire to be, and many have paid dearly for trying to do whatever possible to look like or be like a character they saw on screen.

A particularly interesting phenomenon in a lot of mainstream cinema is the violence portrayed in it. Anyone who has watched a couple popular movies will agree that this is not an isolated phenomenon, but something considered intrinsic to the storyline. We should also note that most of the scenes of violence are hugely exaggerated, even to the point of being comical. The hero seems to have inhuman powers and those around him, no matter how many in number will typically always fail in defending themselves, let alone in attacking him. The slow-motion editing and sound effects, the camera work as well as the dialogue all together create a certain kind of sensationalism which is to lead the audience into outbursts of applause. This prompts us to ask what part violence plays in the story and why do we have such portrayals of it.

First off, it is understood that these scenes are supposed to be praised and are to emphasize the heroic position of the character. While the villain may unleash such violence and prove that he is a worthy opponent, his capacities always fall short of the hero. And it is almost unheard of that a heroine, even if the movie is focused on her, engages in such violence to prove anything. The notion is not even considered. Violence becomes intertwined with an idea of masculinity, apparently best depicted through aggression and overpowering, even if it means destroying. We can also consider how this might be influenced by the stereotypical motif found in many stories of the West and the East, of the hero who saves the damsel in distress, often fighting many monsters to accomplish the task. Patriarchal ideas of men having to save women, and also having to ‘prove’ their masculinity through certain acts have contributed to these ideas. It is also worth remembering that these notions are detrimental to both women and men. Aggression becomes ‘natural’ for men and an overt representation of it in cinema is applauded. On the other hand, a woman who might even be angry for a legitimate reason is considered as ‘too-emotional’ or ‘hysterical’. These double standards are seen in cinema as well, engrained in our consciousness so well that we dare not question it.

The legitimacy afforded to violent heroes who consider their conquest of enemies and women as trophies influence a generation growing up seeking for acceptance. They look up to these people as heroes and without anyone to tell them otherwise, let themselves be controlled by their anger. This might be learnt at a young age, but it lasts for a lifetime. Is it any wonder then that domestic violence and abuse increases on a day to day basis, even in the homes of those considered well-educated? As long as we are praising heroes who are heroic by virtue of their beating up anyone who dares to cross them, even when the hero might be in the wrong, we are perpetuating the notion that violence is power. And power is also considered praise-worthy and something everyone should aspire to have. It is also a quest for power that affirms rape culture and rape jokes in the minds of many, and when violence is glorified on screen, it is bound to have its effects on the psyche. Perhaps it is time that we chose to look more closely at the various causes rather than the symptoms that plague us, and change the things we affirm and promote as something worth aspiring to in society.

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but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions!

I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

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