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Varri Anusha, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
My Sixteen year old brother called up last week to tell me about a movie he watched. He seemed quite impressed with the content, which I could understand because he would never call me to talk about any random movie he watched. It was the recent release ‘Neerja’ – the story of a 23 year model cum air hostess and her extraordinary courage. Throughout the call he was convincing me to take time out that very week and watch this movie. It was then that I thought, ‘When was the last time someone tried convincing me so much to go and watch a film?’, and I couldn’t recollect. And that too, a movie like ‘Neerja’ being suggested by a teenager was not something that happens too often. That was when I decided to watch it to the earliest possible and my brother was right. A Hindi movie without item songs, without loose plots, without vulgar comedy and without anything that would make me say, ‘why did I even think of wasting these two and half hours?’. Film making sometimes does wonders and this was one example. And this is what films ideally do – they impact the society, its thinking and its actions. Film makers need to understand that they have this onus on themselves, of conveying a constructive message to the society. If teenagers like my brother are thinking about this particular movie even 24 hours after watching it, I was just trying to imagine the impact action movies, movies with vulgar comedy and obscenity have on their thoughts and actions. In a country with approximately 250million adolescents, it becomes even the more important to keep a tab on the content being released in public. And everyone knows, ‘keeping a tab’ is next to impossible. It is all about responsible film making. But all this is easier said than done. And so I discuss all this with my mother, and both of us get going with our usual work.