or realistic movies - What do we need?
there was an interesting debate in a private television
channel on realistic and commercial format in Tamil
films, their merits and demerits.
Now, what are commercial and realistic films? There
could be varied explanations on this. In India,
like all other industries, films and film industries
have evolved over a period of time and its technicalities
and economics have also taken on a different hue
in these years. While this change is on the side
which is creating it, there is also a transformation
at the viewing end viz the audience.
The sensibilities and the preferences of the audience
have also changed drastically keeping the industry
on their toes to deliver quality products. It is
also said that the audiences especially in the south
are much more passionate about films and their knowledge
on film making is such that it is imperative to
respect them with intelligent subjects. And audiences
here are ever ready to welcome new concepts and
fresh experimentations with alacrity resulting in
the positive evolution of this art form.
However, cinema being an entertainment medium has one
primary objective which is to entertain the audience.
Here again, we have different sets of audience- most
of them view the medium as an escape route from their
daily banalities and want to spend some 150 minutes
in a fantasy zone where their worries get obliterated.
Although this thread is common to most, there are people
who view cinema differently and take the medium on a
serious note which results in films in diverse genres
like Porkkalam, Nandalala, Angadi Theru, Irumbu Kottai
Murattu Singam to name a few.
an Indian scenario, commercial films have a set format-
few songs in exotic locales, an inimitable hero who
is a complete man (an aravaan!) in all aspects, a beautiful
heroine with chaste qualities and virtues that are alleged
to be very typical of every Indian woman and the triumph
of good over evil and of course the ubiquitous LOVE.
Myriad permutations and combinations of this template
is what we see in most films. The issues covered are
also those which are associated with daily life but
with Utopian solutions and ends which give a satisfying
high to the audience albeit for a short span. Fair enough!
the other hand, the realistic films take a detour from
these aspects and delve on their content in a more relatable,
pragmatic and a credible manner. They could be so real
and impactful triggering societal changes sometimes.
ways, it is the creative expression with gratification
effects at different levels.
the complaint against mainstream commercial films is
that they are far removed from reality and in most cases
take the audience for granted when sub-standard content
gets delivered. As regards realistic films (at least
some), it is too realistic that it does not take cinematic
liberties at any point which may not go too well now
what most of the audience would prefer is a middle cinema
or a via media which will amalgamate the energy and
entertainment of a mainstream film without its formulaic
surplus but with the sensitivity of a realistic film
sans its overindulgences of artiness.
the theatrical movie viewing experience in the cities
escalating steadily, the apparent way to bring all types
of audience to the theatre is to provide films which
will make both the parties- the maker and the audience-
happy and content on all counts. The business of cinema
has changed to such an extent that a mere three weeks
at the turnstiles itself is a humongous feat these days.
Hence to deliver a product that would completely fasten
the audiences to their seats from the start till the
final credits and which is completely worth the money
they pay is the need of the times.
that we have completed 2010 which boasts of a record
150 Tamil releases, my wish for 2011 is that the creative
minds of the industry would churn out content in all
genres and keep the viewers entertained, elevated and
in the process be entertained and elevated for after
all the audiences have the last laugh to make everyone
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