The cinema is one of the most useful modern inventions. It is of great use from the recreational as well as educational point of view. Besides this, in every country of the world, cinema is a very profitable industry. Large amount of money is invested in the production of the film. Film industry provides livelihood to thousands of people. It needs a lot of people to help in the production of a film. Now-a-days cinema is the cheapest and the most popular forms of amusement.
Cinema is not only a source of amusement only but it also increases one’s knowledge. Sitting in the cinema hall, one can see on the screen the things places and things of the world. Cinema also provides us with the opportunity of observing customs of the people in different parts of the country as well as throughout the world. Cinema recreates the past for us. It brings before our eyes men and women that lived hundreds of years ago. A battle that was fought in the past is shown being fought today in the most realistic manner. Thus cinema helps to destroy the barriers of time and age.
Cinema combines instruction with amusement. Now-a-days it is being used as a powerful vehicle of popular instruction. What students read in the books is shown to them on the screen. The study of history as geography can be made very interesting through the medium of films.
Similarly films can be used to a great advantage in the teaching of Science. The growth of flowers and plant, life of wild animals in their natural surroundings and various activities of nature can be most effectively illustrated through films.
Cinema can also be used to improve the morals of people. Films which depict a story having some moral lesson, or based on the lives of great men, leave a lasting impression on the minds of the people. Some films deal with the themes of the struggle between the good and the evil. All such films have a very beneficial effect upon the morals of the people.
But cinema is not without some drawbacks. Many young boys and girls become crazy about films. They visit the cinema everyday at the cost of their serious work. They waste a lot of time and money on cinema. Secondly now-a-days many films deal with the themes of smuggling and other crimes as they have a very bad effect on public morals.
Inspite of these shortcomings/ cinema has a powerful public appeal. If the producers do not makes money their sole aim. The cinema can be purged of its defects. Then it will have a very positive effect upon the morals of the people. Its popularity is a dear proof of its utility.