Cinema is a form of art that makes you live and experience life through another person’s eyes. It gives a window into imagination and affects many of us powerfully because of the combined impact of images, music, dialogue, lightening and help us reflect it in our lives.
For two-three hours, you can follow someone’s journey which has the power to change and shape you into something new. It forces you to ask yourself questions which you would have never actually asked.
Judiciary, on the other hand, is a system of courts which works to interpret and implement laws and to ensure that there is a rule of law in a country. It was first set up to resolve disputes among the citizens without violence.
These two might seem unrelated and opposite from each other. With the growing era of both cinema and judiciary, they have been started to influence each other and also influence the citizens of the country.
As discussed earlier cinema has the ability to change someone’s perception, and the main problem with it is, it is changing people’s perception of the judiciary. The most typical thriller movie would have a story that some sort of crime happened, then the victim filed the complaint. The police did its investigation and case went for trial, in the courtroom, the eyewitnesses sold their truth and pieces of evidence tampered and because of any such reason, the victim could not get justice from the court. Then the victim decides that he or she would make justice on their own as the judiciary was incapable of doing its work, and then there are murders of the culprits or the culprit pays the price of doing a crime.
This is not a story of one movie, but many, for instance, take veteran actress Sridevi’s last movie mom or veteran actress Ravina Tandon’s comeback movie matr or Sanjay Dutt’s movie Bhoomi. All of these have the same story and concept.
The audience has a moral, emotional involvement in the course of events and the roles of various characters, their language, and style of speaking and doing things do leave an impression on the spectators and that is why the moral values conveyed through the medium of cinema have a lasting effect on the audience. We don’t have an issue with a story but problem arises with the moral it is conveying, rather than conveying the moral that everyone has to pay a price for their acts, it conveys the moral that judiciary will not do anything, the victim would not get justice in the courts of law but if you want to have justice you need to do it yourself.
The second point which I would like to raise in this article is that there is no age bar to watch movies, children of young age to the elder section of our society everyone watches movies. Everyone interprets a movie in a different way, it is the psychology of a human brain and it is a fact that the psychology of a person affects crime. When both crime and psychology get combined it is called criminal psychology.
The interpretation of movies and songs can lead to various crimes in society, be it encouraging violence, theft or even eve-teasing.
For better explanation let’s consider an example of the song “aati kya Khandala”. After this song was launched, it was the most common song used for eve-teasing. The song was not made with this intention or with a vulgar meaning but the youth misinterpreted it and brought it in their lives, thinking it to be “cool”, another example would be of movies like Shahrukh Khan’s Don or John Abraims’s Dhoom, these movies promote theft, the role of a thief who never gets caught and has everything he wants is fascinating for people.
Youth nowadays is a big fan of rap songs, they might not know their rights but have mugged up the lyrics of these songs by heart, out of 80% of the Indian raps objectifies women. Recently the Punjab government has filed a case on one of these rappers for promoting alcohol and portraying wrong morals to the youth by portraying women as an object.
We accept it or not but it is the harsh reality that in some way or the other cinema is coming in the way of judiciary and law.
Through this article, we are not opposing cinema in any of its forms but are just concerned about those vulnerable minds who can be affected by any of these wrong morals and which can make them go on wrong paths in their lives. We are not at all pointing out that every cinema is wrong, there are definitely some marvelous pieces of work in the history of Indian cinema from iconic Damini to Article 15 and Pink, which have shown the power of the judiciary and built people’s trust on the judiciary.
At last I would like to conclude by saying that in our country people watch cinema more than they watch news and it definitely has the power to change someone’s whole perception about anything and handling the power to change someone’s perception is difficult and that is why through this article we want to convey this short message, to kindly see that these movies don’t portray a wrong message for those minds as it is rightly said that prevention is better than cure.