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Sunday, July 4, 2010

We Live Cinema!

I have quite "diverse" movie watching and reading habits. As someone who feels equally comfortable watching Kurosowa and cheaply-made B grade movies, the principle of diversity holds good. The fundamental principle of aesthetics is to acquire truly good taste one has to be able to recognize both ugliness and beauty, is applicable to the whole range of human experience. It is important to understand what should be accepted and what must be rejected.

Cinema is there for reflecting our lives, dreams, ambition and hidden desires on the celluloid. Reality and Myths can't be separated but diversion towards one will lead to an uneven balance of the world view. We don't watch cinema for consumption only but to refresh ourselves with an entertainment or get reflection of our lives.

It took great efforts to create the art by a artist. It is so much greater than what it cost us to consume only. The experience may be greater than consumption but the film maker is giving us gifts without doubt. Film maker is an artist create an uneven exchange, bring himself closer to the recipient, create change and do it all with the right spirit.
While one of the great joys of cinema is the ability to be transported into another time and place with the theme of universal appeal. Looking at Indian Cinema all these years, we ought to have produced some directors who could have captured our imagination and brought crowds to watch cinema of world standards.

Cinema is deeply personal like any other form of arts. The western expectation of Indian cinema continues to be exotic (read "poverty porn") and according to defenders of bollywood fare, it should be infused with song and dance aka Broadway style. Such an expectation of West from every bit of non Hollywood cinema will tend to distort the cinematic vision of ours own. The originality will disappear when we always want to prove our quality without rooting our films in our own culture.

Originality and dareness to speak truth is prime responsibility of any artist. Even Kafkaesque cat-and-mouse game of promotion and censorship holds on the content of the art. No cinema loving film maker will finish his piece of art as a propaganda film. And even in the threats of hooligans groups, its responsibility of each artist to take a stand. We need to be inspired by the stand taken against institutionalised oppression of government by Chinese, Iranian or Russian filmmakers.

A new generation of film makers in India is now engaging with the most varied facets of a society that is oddly locked in the tension between optimism and stagnation, between attraction towards the past and fascination with the computer age. And the high point is that these new generation of filmmakers are embed with a socio economic confidence perhaps lacking in the previous generation. We are living cinema with these film makers. By questioning the conformist and norms of society through medium of cinema, I will live the life of cinephile. I am here due to a pure love for cinema, a middle ground between the ignorance of the mobs and the pseudo intellects with an attempt to drive their film loves to this new horizon.

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