Indian cinema has influenced the youth of this country from generations. It was introduced in 1913 when the first movie “Raja Harishchandra” was made. Since then, Cinema has started making a major impact on the thinking and perspective of people about different things. It is scientifically proven that watching movies reduces stress, watching horror movies can burn our calories too.
You can find many movies that remind us about our culture and values and tells us the difference between wrong and right. Movies like “Baghban” and “Swades” are some of the examples that made an impact on me when I was a kid.
As the time is changing and the society is modernizing, Indian Cinema is evolving too, now it is giving us movies like “Padman”,” Dangal”,” Hindi Medium”,” Article 15”, etc, which are creating awareness and breaking negative stereotypes of the society. Positive thoughts like gender equality, social rights, etc, are spread through these movies.
Most of the Indian parents want their children to be an engineer or a doctor, but this stereotype is changing these days because of some movies like “3 idiots”,” Mary Kom”, etc. Some movies like “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” are influencing youth to concentrate on their career but at the same time live life to its fullest.
Though watching movies helps us to relax helps us in knowing what is going on in the world, But at the same time, the “modern cinema” have started picturing adult scenes and making adult movies to attract the viewers. There is no restriction to do that but the problem starts when kids who are underage, get to see them (as there are so many ways these movies can be accessed illegally). It puts a negative effect on them and they mentally become more mature according to their age. Not only kids, but even youth also try to copy their favorite actors including their way of talking, hairstyle, dressing sense, and so on.
Crimes are being portrayed in movies these days and eve-teasing is also shown as a heroic act and some people take it in the wrong way because of which the number of crimes and harassment cases is increasing.
In some movies, women are being objectified by adding item songs and scenes which are demeaning to women where on the other hand, ironically, they are preaching gender sensitivity.
Nepotism in Indian cinema is also a big concern. Indian cinema runs on nepotism, because of which a lot of new talent is being wasted. Children of movie stars are getting easy exposures, movies, and money, and on the other side, struggling actors from middle and lower-class families have to face rejection.
In most of the movies, male actors drink alcohol, smoke and fight the villain illegally and it is shown as a heroic act, which influences teenagers in a wrong way, the recent example is “Kabir Singh” in which the protagonist had all of these “Qualities” and it came out as a success because of the mindset of the youth. Movies always praise the luxury lifestyle and rarely show a lower-class lifestyle, which leads to insecurity in the minds of rural viewers.
I personally like the old cinema but we cannot say that the current cinema is not producing good movies. Indian cinema is changing according to times, but there are many things that need improvement. This debate of current cinema versus old cinema is going on for a long time and will continue further, but the filmmakers should realize their responsibility and should be more careful about what to show and what not to show in their movies, instead of just concentrating on their own success.
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