It goes without saying that films have a great impact on us, individually and socially. Cinema, as an art form, has improved a lot by becoming a serious art form and a branch of study by itself. Surprisingly, very few earnest endeavor have been made to assess the social and psychological impacts of films on us from an academic viewpoint. In a country like India where a large portion population is still uneducated, films as the most popular media of communication influences the youth immensely.
With films burgeoning every Fridays and almost all of them making a decent amount of profit, (all of them are not hit or super hit, but most of them succeed to rest on the borderline of no-profit-no-loss) it’s quite clear than films have gained superiority over others as an art form. Whether that is good or bad is not germane to my discussion, though. This composite art form has helped to popularize music, dance, literature, and have earned fame for quite a decent number of people.
Films are capable of creating hypnotic impacts on the society. The cult film “Sholay” by Ramesh Sippy is a landmark one having crossed all the milestones of popularity. The film was released on the 15th of August 1975, and even after so many years, the trance created by the film has remained alive. The iconic characters of Jai, Veeru, Thakur, Gabbar, Basanti, Kalia, Sambha, and Rahim Chacha have become immortal in the history of Indian cinema. Besides, the dialogues have become proverbial, we use them anywhere and everywhere- “Yeh Haath Mujhe De De Thakur”, “Kitne aadmi thhe?” or “Chakki pising and pising” these are almost a part of Indian vocabulary.
Very few movies are able to create a global impact and the few that have succeeded, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge directed by Aditya Chopra is sure to be one of them. The charm of Shahrukh and Kajol, the melodious music and the essence of Indian culture- the trio was irresistible. 20 years ago, I was merely a kid then, many parents had dreamt of naming their son as Raj and daughters as Simran. I think due to the impact of DDLJ, these two names are so common in our generation! Still, now we can see pictures of couples in the legendary sarshon ka khet, the man posing as Shahrukh with stretched arms and the woman standing in front. Such are the mesmerizing impact of films.
Many other films have been succeeded to create a wave, Lagaan, Hum Aaapke Hai Kaun, Mother India, Mughal-e-Azam to name a few others. They have influenced the youth to change their lifestyle as well as hairstyle. Films often showcase an exaggerated amount of violence and sex, create a Utopian world, make people think everything is as glitzy and easy-going as shown in the life of the heroes and heroines. They create a make-believe world and often the gullible young minds are misguided.
The great potentialities of films could be more explored to educate the mass while being a popular genre of entertainment.