Cinema and television have been a powerful medium to reach the hearts of the viewers. In many ways, it has been showing us mirror giving us a chance to introspect and solve the issues in our society. When a filmmaker makes a film or a TV series he wants to convey a message. Though it is not always those people also the things the same way the filmmaker does. We humans can only interpret the message. So we create our own interpretation out of them which in turn enter our mind subconsciously, command our actions and thus leave a deep impact on our lives. The problem is when we begin building on the basis of our previous beliefs and see the new one as an extension. We are not comfortable accepting something. The belief then leaves an imprint on our subconscious mind this leads to develop corrupt practices but most of the time it helps in strengthening the roots of already existing corrupt beliefs.
Recently in the Aamir Khan starer blockbuster movie ‘Dangal’ although movie speaks on women empowerment, one part of it shows the clash Geeta’s coach Pramod Kadam and her father Mahavir Singh Phogat. In the clash advices of father proves to be superior to that of her coach. But now the Indian parents are using this as an argument, a weapon to tame their children. Basically, a tug of war situation is created between ‘ghar ka’ versus ‘bahar ka’ in which in which the ‘ghar ka’ just because it was shown in the blockbuster movie. Now a girl may get stuck in the same situation as of Geeta and she will be told to listen her father even if it is the other way around and yeah this also various other applications. Now this is being used as an argument by parents to make their children marry the guy they want, chose career they want because in the blockbuster movie the advice of father make the child win.
Another wrong interpretation which we have drawn comes from movies is from another blockbuster movie ‘Sultan’ when the son of Sultan (played by Salman Khan) and Aarfa (played by Anushka Sharma) dies. Aarfa says “Maa ka dard pita se zyaada hota h”. I still don’t know why it is considered by the mothers that their male counterparts are somewhat less loving for the child. I have witnessed many mothers generalising this concept that they love their children more than their fathers and using this scene as a reference which is utterly depressing to me. Here another example which deserves to be mentioned is the ‘saas-bahu’ daily soap. I won’t blame the daily soap as only source of worsening of this beautiful relation but at least the main source. The examples are many almost never ending. The very spirit of debate is like thrown is killed brutally when the scenes like these are chosen instead of the arguments.
The even more depressing part is that we often deny the interpretations of movies and serials which can make a really positive effect on our society. For example the film ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ discuss mainly the issue of body shaming but still the flabby girls are considered somewhat imperfect. The movie ‘What’s Your Raashee’ also shows the issue of dowry to be brought up and appeals to people to ban it but still the issue stands unchallenged breaking the back of daughter’s parents.
So we saw how we develop concepts on the basis of interpretations from cinema and serials and how they had a negative impact.
So interpret wisely!
(Written by:Ashish,a student from Deshbandhu College,DU)