IMPACT OF CINEMA ON SOCIAL LIFE
When man comes home after day’s work, he needs some sort of entertainment and relaxation. Cinema has proved a wonderful and forceful means of entertainment and amusement. A young man of today can go without food but not without a film. The cinema is the cheapest and the most popular form of amusement. Labourers can afford to miss; their evening meal, not their evening show. Students prefer films to reading books. Thus, cinema exercises a very powerful effect on society.
Cinema is a universal teacher. It educates the people in different branches of learning. Our film producers have made very purposeful films to collect public opinion against some of the social evils as dowry system, the labour exploitation. It can teach us natural history, geography, botany, chemistry etc. Documentary films lead us to a street in New York or to a park of Tokyo. These films increase our knowledge, broaden our outlook. Social pictures throw light on social evils as untouchability, casteism, unemployment and the curse of widowhood, etc. These films open our eyes and create in us an urge for improvement.
Cinema has a great commercial value also. It is itself a great industry. Lakhs of men and women are directly or indirectly employed in this industry. It is a good and easy means of advertisement Things and articles can be shown in practical use through the films.
Most of the modern Indian movies ignore higher ideals. It is wrong to say that the public wants vulgarity. Too much cinema going is injurious to eyesight, health and purse. Bad films leave a very vitiating effect on the minds of youth. They give rise to different kinds of crimes. The vulgar and obscene pictures should not be allowed to be exhibited. They cause immorality in society. The films which make the people gamblers, dacoits etc. should totally be banned. The traders of film industry should not be allowed to profit by showing sensual scenes and physical demonstration of love. These films affect the moral character of young boys and girls badly.
Cinema, on the whole, is a powerful means of recreation as well as of education. It is not itself bad. The film producers should select good stories from classical mythology, historical subjects and Indian literary master-pieces. Documentary films on scientific, historical and literary subjects should be shown to students. The producers are misusing cinema for making huge profits. It should be moral duty of producers to produce noble and inspiring films. The Government-should take care of this. If cinema industry produces noble and inspiring films, the cinema would be a true friend, philosopher and guide of the masses.