Cinema is a reflection of our lives, our strengths, weaknesses, emotions and the society in which we dwell at large. We don’t ape Cinema rather Cinema apes us. But it has a bigger much bigger responsibility, responsibility which is always cocooned in entertainment. Justified, ‘coz if we simply go ‘bla-bla’ with our tirade regarding sensitizing masses, audience will be vanish in thin air . The mode of infotainment & edutainment has an everlasting effect on masses. Serious social issue like foeticide, dowry deaths, corruption , medical malpractices etc., can be dealt by serving solutions on the platter of entertainment. The new word on the block can be Edutainment. Filmmakers can bring home their points in a lighter way which will sensitize people more than lengthy speeches..
We go to the movies expecting three hours of entertainment, some singing, dancing, action and comedy. And we come out of theaters feeling mildly satisfied that three hours were well spent in an air conditioned room with some fun.
But, there are a few times we feel a lot more than that. We feel a sense of having witnessed something historical, something that touches a deep chord. This is when we come across movies which leave a greater impact on the society. Some actually manage to change a couple of lives while some help to speed up pending justice, some fill you with emotional turmoil and some give your life a complete new direction.
I have picked up some movies which fall in this circuit. Hope you get refreshed by going down the list 🙂
1. Rang De Basanti
This movie needs no introduction. Rang De Basanti revolves around lives of a group of students who protest against the government and the fighter MIG planes used by the Air Force after the death of their friend in a plane crash. This thought-provoking movie created a huge impact socially with the candle lighting sequence which is often used in real life even now by citizens for protesting an issue.
The film left a social impact as many people came forward to talk about corruption and bureaucracy and their inefficiency in providing basic amenities. The film managed to strike the right chord and received huge success. The term “RDB effect” is often used while referring to instances of public activism on matters of public interest.It gives inspiration to the youth of the country that even he/she can bring a change in the society.
2. Chak De India
Chak De india is one movie that played an important role in reviving popularity of hockey, especially women hockey in India. Chak De! India talks about religion, sexism, India partition, regional prejudice, emotions and lot more through field hockey.
After a new hockey council was formed, former hockey player, Aslam Sher Khan, stated in an interview, “We have to make a Team India as you have seen in bollywood blockbuster Chak De! India. There are players from several parts of the country. We have to unite them to make a powerful force.” . Chak De! India was granted tax exemptions by the state of Bihar.
3. Taare Zameen Par
Whenever parents see their child scoring low in exams, they blame it on his carelessness and ask him to pay more attention to his studies. The child is sometimes grounded, isn’t allowed to watch tv or play his favorite video game so that he could concentrate more on his career. Hardly do we notice that it can be much more than just carelessness from the child’s side.
The movie beautifully captures life of Ishaan, a dyslexic kid who struggles every day to do simple things of life. As simple as tying a shoe lace. It spread a message to all those families who want their kid to excel in everything – every kid is different and has different needs.
4. 3 idiots
The revolutionary movie that gave a whole new twist to the Indian education system. The movie gives a message that education doesn’t require money, uniform, big schools and colleges, all it requires is the strong will to study. The story also focuses on how the education system should look beyond high grades and should focus on what a kid wants to do.The film broke all opening box office records in India. The film also uses real inventions by little-known people in India’s backyards, and has won 40 accolades.
A lot of us might remember this scene where Aamir Khan tries to define a machine:
The story revolves around the life of an NRI who works for NASA and how his visit to a village changes his life along with hundreds of other villagers. The movie inspired a lot of NRIs to come back to the roots and work for the country. The movie gives a message that a little help from the fortunate and educated ones can help the underprivileged to a great extent.
The film was officially selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard (A Certain Glance) category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Udaan was first Indian film to be part of Cannes’ official section in seven years. Udaan tells the story of thousands of youths from India’s middle-class families, who want to break free and follow their dreams.
7. Matrabhoomi: A nation without women
The movie based on the social issue of female foeticide, showcases the future of the country if we keep killing the girl child. There are still many places where a boy’s birth is rejoiced while a girl child is killed. The movie revolves around the story of a girl who is married to five brothers. The movie portrays the glimpse of the cruel society and leaves a message of saving a girl child.
8. Kya Kehna
The film dealt with the taboo issue of pre-marital pregnancy and the views of society. No matter how much the country progresses, there are certain things which still cause raised eyebrows. And, pre-marital pregnancy is one of those issues. The movie starring Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan focuses on this bold issue and spread a message of how unmarried pregnant girls should be given equal love, respect and support in the society.
The story based on the lives of two women and how fate brings them together. The film beautifully captures the emotions of a widow (Meera) and a lady (Zeenat) who is trying to save her husband. The movie also portrays the life of a woman in India after the death of her husband and the difficulties faced by her.
10. My Brother Nikhil
The movie deals with the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS as well as the coming out of a closeted gay relationship. The film was highly appreciated world-wide.
Hence, bringing home the point, our movie pundits can ride on the wagon of “Edutainment” to sensitize and entertain people at the same time.