Cinema – Its Pros and Cons
Cinema inside television or outside television is still a major entertainment of the modern world. Both its constructive and destructive values cannot be under-rated or over-rated. From the poorest to the richest, people are fond of seeing the cinema. Late night shows are full of poor labourers, rickshaw-wallas, tongawallas, coolies and other daily wage earners who have no time during other shows, as they must work to earn a living.
Matinee shows are patronized by the students who find a cinema-hall a more interesting and less boring place than classroom in schools and colleges. They just steal away from studies and their parents are completely ignorant about the where about of their children.
If the films are made with educative purpose with noble ideals, these can be very useful for the uplift of the younger generation. But the truth is that good films are as rare as a todo.
Now most of the films are made to play to the passions of the lowest kind and Hollywood has become leader of the film world throughout the world. Most of the films deal with sex, crime and violence. These films are now responsible for increasing number of thefts, murders and rapes in the world.
Most of the modern films lay stress on easy and dizzy life rather than values of hard work, honesty and public welfare. Film goers only learn how to beat, and cheat, rob and fob, wine and dine, and that has become the be-all and end-all of modern business, education and politics.
There is nothing wrong with cinema as a popular medium of public values. It can be put to a good purpose or evil activities. It is a sharp knife for surgery as well as murder. To-day, unfortunately, cinema is being used for murdering the minds and morals of mankind.
The reasons are very much written on the wall. The films are no longer pieces of art as they used to be in olden times. The actors and producers of those days did the job to serve their high taste for art not for money and reputation.
The films today are a big industry earning crores and employing lots of people. They earn lot of money to fill the coffers of the government by tax money but they are polluting the minds of people, especially the youth to the extent that it can be safely predicted that the modern cinema will be the cause of the doom of this society ultimately, towards which we are heading.