Technology has advanced to a very good extent. If you talk about entertainment, I believe the first thing in the minds of every citizen of our country will be movies. Movies have a very huge impact on our lives.
What is a Movie? “A movie, also called a film or motion picture, is a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images due to phi phenomenon” –Wikipedia
Bollywood releases the highest number of films every year in the world. Movies are like the number 1 source of entertainment in our country. Every Friday or every-time a new movie is released, the theaters are crowded. And if the movie stares some big shot celebrity, the collection for sure hits crores and crores of rupees.
Let’s talk about the impact movies have in our lives and on our society. I think movies help to shape society. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way.
There are various movie genres like action, drama, romance, comedy, thriller, suspense, adventure, sci-fi, children, animated, horror, fantasy, etc. Each of these genres has a different impact.
When we talk about action movies, they surely have a villain in it. Most of the times the violent actions are just taken for entertainment purpose and nobody tries to imitate them. But sometimes, some people especially kids or youngsters try copying the action scenes. They seem to ignore the DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME warning sign and do it anyways. And sometimes they injure themselves. I remember this guy from my class who was crazy about rocky movies. He used to imitate all the fight scenes and one fine day while doing one of the stunt, he ended up fracturing his legs. I am not saying that the movie industry should stop producing action films or films full of violent scenes, but I think the parents should take care that their kids don’t copy them. Movies even have ratings but most of the time parents seem to ignore this.
Some comedy movies are good for releasing stress and making you feel nice. For eg. When I talk about Mr. Bean, he is like the most loved character. But some comedy movies can make things plain awkward. For eg. Grand Masti, had a lot of adult jokes and it got weird when watching it with someone who doesn’t belong to your age group. When I was coming back from Mangalore in the bus, this movie was put up on the TV. I remember things got so uncomfortable that one of the passengers got up and asked the driver to stop the movie.
Some movies also promote use of alcohol and tobacco. Most of the times the sign “Drinking is injurious to health or Smoking causes cancer” is useless. The young crowd gets easily influenced by such things. According to some survey the use of alcohol and cigarettes in schools and colleges had increased after more and more movies started promoting them. Now-a-days, at the start of any movie, a small clipping about the ill effects of smoking is shown. It was very effective at first but nobody cares about it now. You can check it yourselves the next time you go to a theatre to watch a movie.
Sometimes movies show the wrong way to solve problems. Some actual robberies and crimes are inspired from movies. Google “CRIMES INSPIRED BY MOVIES” and you will find tons of stories.
But movies do also have a positive impact on the society. Movies are a great source of entertainment. Some movies are so wonderful, their story lines are very inspiring. Like for eg. Taare Zameen Par, Iqbal, etc.
Some movies open the world’s eyes to reality. Some help in promoting tourism of the least known places. Some movies enhance creative imaginations of young minds. Some movies teach us a great lesson about life. Some movies are inspired by the real life stories of great people which also helps us to get to know someone. Some movies have a motivational factor.
Movies also leave fashion impact, which are followed by viewers. Example, Ray Ban glasses went popular after Top Gun was released, etc. Some movies give a great message and promote awareness like teen movies such as Juno focus on the issues of under-age sex and miscarriage, Environmental movies such as The Day After Tomorrow dwell on the global warming phenomenon, etc.
Movies have a phenomenal impact on the society. At the end of the day it depends on us viewers and what message we take from the movie.