Every Friday I step into the theatre with the hope of expecting a new and a good story in forms of films. Films are one of the important parts of Indian society. Not particularly Indian society, films are meant to show the reflection of society. Whether it's appropriate or not, at least as many critics say.
As Bollywood has quoted- “films are made for only three things: entertainment, entertainment, entertainment.”
Films are insanely popular in India. According to Wikipedia, “India produces as many as 1,600 films produced in various languages every year. Indian cinema produces more films watched by more people than any other country; in 2011, over 3.5 billion tickets were sold across India, (0.03%) more than Hollywood. Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi, Bangalore and Hyderabad are major centers of films produced in India.”
Since the release of the first full-length motion picture in India- Raja Harishchandra in 1913 by Dadasaheb Phalke till now, the Indian film industry has gone through various phases. Indian audience has witnessed very beautiful experiences in the form of films like the APU TRILOGY (1955–1959) by Satyajit Ray to the various masala films of the present time.
Right from 1913 the vision of Indian filmmakers is very much shaped by the trends and tradition of their time. Their films reflect the culture of their ages. Initially, films are mainly focused on the working and poor class of society, reflecting Indian orthodox culture.
After establishing its feet in Indian society, the film culture has entered into a new era. The 90s presented a new film structure both in mainstream cinema-in Bollywood as well as in the regional areas also. If we consider Bollywood, it presented many new faces with new stories. It was the 90s cinema that created a massive fan following for films but it was the same 90s cinema model which is criticized for presenting such projects on the big screen which may get rejected and may offend many viewers if releases today. The 90s cinema is loved for presenting stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Mithoon Chakraborty and many more but it is also criticized for presenting downgraded scenes of women, providing such roles to actresses which are nothing to do much with the plot, mainly for objectifying.
I know this is still a problem in the film industry but we have to admit to one thing that the present films are based on their content. Today films are not dependent on the big faces or item numbers rather today's cinema is driven by good and meaningful content which is not a gender-biased. Today's film is not dependent on a smart look rather on a smart talent. Actors like Nawazuddin Sidiki, Pankaj Tripathi, Manoj Bajpayee and young emerging talents like Raj Kumar Rao, Vikki Kaushal, Ayushman Khurana, Bhumi Pednekar, Kriti Sanon, Alia Bhatt and many more are giving hits and impressing audience with their skills.
Not only the actors but the directors and writers and producers are careful with their projects which are not only appreciated by the audiences but also critically acclaimed. The present time of film can be marked as the step of Indian cinema into a new age. The greatest achievement of present-day films is that they are successful in changing the orthodox mindset of Indian society. The present-day cinema is stepping towards making such films which are breaking the taboo of society. Films like- “toilet: Ek prem Katha, padman, subh mangal Swadhan are entertaining and educational at the same time. These films are about such topics which are earlier not discussed in public platform. Problems of mensuration, erectile disfunction are now presented in the form of films which is a form brings social awareness. I hope Indian cinema will continue to make such great films with good stories because films are meant for entertainment, entertainment, entertainment.