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Influence of movies...

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Movies have great impact on people. Movies play an important role in our lives, a lot more that what we notice. Usually, we go to watch a film for three hours of entertainment, some good music, dancing, action, emotion, drama and comedy and we hope to come out with a feel good factor. But there are times when films leave behind a marked effect on us. Some create awareness, some influence people’s lives and some others bring changes in the society. Let us have a look at how films have brought these changes.

Rang de Basanti

Rang De Basanti revolves around lives of a group of students who protest against the government and the fighter MIG planes used by the Air Force after the death of their friend in a plane crash. This thought-provoking movie created a huge impact socially with the candle lighting sequence which is often used in real life even now by citizens for protesting an issue. The film left a social impact as many people came forward to talk about corruption and bureaucracy and their inefficiency in providing basic amenities.

Chak De India

Chak De India is one movie that played an important role in reviving popularity of hockey, especially women hockey in India. One of the finest performances by Shah Rukh Khan, Chak De! India talks about religion, sexism, India partition, regional prejudice, emotions and lot more through field hockey. After a new hockey council was formed, former hockey player, Aslam Sher Khan, stated in an interview, “We have to make a Team India as you have seen in bollywood blockbuster Chak De! India. There are players from several parts of the country. We have to unite them to make a powerful force.”

Taare Zameen Par

Whenever parents see their child scoring low in exams, they blame it on his carelessness and ask him to pay more attention to his studies. The child is sometimes grounded, isn’t allowed to watch TV or play his favourite video game so that he could concentrate more on his career. The movie beautifully captures life of Ishaan, a dyslexic kid who struggles everyday to do simple things of life.

Oh My God

India is a religious country. With 330 millions Gods to worship, it has become a business for some. The movie released in 2012 starred Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Mithun Chakravborty. In spite of touching on a sensitive subject, the movie received a great response from both audience and critics. Without being preachy and boring, the film teaches us how we should not look for God in idols and be blind-folded by those who try to play with people’s emotions in the name of God.

Sultan

Another sports based film. The story deals with Sultan's and Arfa's sacrifices and ambitions. They're both wrestlers and they both want to succeed at all costs. Sultan transforms from happy-go-lucky lover boy to serious athlete all because he wants to prove his worth to Arfa and woo her. The film promotes female wrestling. After Rio Olympics the impact on female wrestlers is even more.

Having said all of the above I would definitely say that Movies can be one of the best inspirations for many in different walks of life. We have had great film makers make impactful films in the past and I am sure the trend will continue…

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