Cinema is in today’s world the most popular means of entertainment. Millions of people watch cinema everyday all over the world-not only as a means of entertainment but also as an escape from the monotony, boredom, anxiety and troubles of life.
Indian cinema-apart from world cinema-has a charm, flavor and magic of its own. It appeals not only to the film-crazy Indian public but also has enchanted a large number of audiences the world over.
People who do not speak or understand Hindi still sing songs from Hindi films. An average Indian film is longer than film from other parts of the world, has ginger-touch of love, hate, revenge, drama, tears, joys and also its own share of songs and dances.
A typical Indian film has it all-all the spice and variety of life condensed into it, transporting the audience on a magic carpet to a totally different world where everything and anything is possible.
Cinema is one of the wonders of the modern world. Those who see it for the first time get thrilled and wonderstruck. The lifelike presentation of people and objects is simply a triumph of Science. India is the greatest producer of films in the world. “Bollywood” has now become a byword all over the world.
But unfortunately, the standard of Indian films is generally not very high. Many of them look like repeats. Moreover, they are not prepared with a moral target, but the chief aim of the producers is to earn money by playing to the gallery.
The net result is that in the films, at least in most of them, we have obscene and vulgar songs and scenes. This is not to say that all films are bad.
There are some films which are good from more than one angle. There is a Censor Board to study the films before their being released. This board should take more pains to screen all films very carefully and cut out drastically all undesirable scenes.
Cinema has an educative value too. Because it exercises a deep influence upon the minds of the people, cinema can be use as a very effective reformative instrument. Social awareness on issues like dowry, women education, abortion, girl feticide, youth unrest, corruption, unemployment, poverty, illiteracy etc.
Cinema can expose the evils prevalent in society. It is the most effective means of mass communication. Cinema also is great unifying force in a diversified country like ours.