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Society through cinema’s lens

GS Paper 1

Syllabus: Arts and Culture


Source: Indian Express

Context: Cinema as a medium has incredible power in our country. The reach and impact of a movie are far wider than in any other place. Thus, it acts as a powerful tool of soft diplomacy too.

 Indian Cinema – a reflection of our society:

  • Promoting Indian rich culture – Classical dances, folk dances, and festivals are an integral part of Indian cinema.
  • Natyam – a Telugu movie that portrays Kuchipudi classical dance.
  • Social issues – Films are being produced to reflect the contemporary social and political scene.
  • Bollywood Movie Sherni reflects environmental issues.
  • Patriarchy: ‘Great Indian Kitchen’ Malayalam movie shows prevailing hidden discrimination and new forms of patriarchy against homemakers.
  • Recognizing regional languages
  • Nationalism
  • Bose: Dead/Alive web series is based on the life of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose.
  • War Movies Uri, Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl
  • Politics and administration – Indian cinema is not only for entertainment, they are also about reality. They show Indian politics, corruption, nepotism in administration etc.
  • Rajneeti’s movie portrays how political games unravel in India.
  • Mythology – Mythological stories are also depicted in both north and south movies.
    • Kannada movies Bhakta Prahlada and Satya Harishchandra.
  • Tribal Culture: Kannada movie Kantara showing animistic practices was largely accepted by the public all over.
  • Biopics: Knowing about great personalities g., Gandhi, Kapil Dev (83)
  • Breaking stereotypes: Movies like English Vinglish, Hichki etc.


Insta Links:

Indian Cinema and Circus


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Q. Does cinema influence society or is it vice-versa? Comment in the context of Indian cinemas and society.