Feeling Inspired by Cinema :)
So, 3 idiots has almost rocked the nation. People have responded (or moved) by the concept, the humor, the performance, the music, and of course the message. What the movie says is obvious but it is the presentation that makes it a perfect toast. We are touched; we feel like appreciating the actors, the director and producers, the script writers, and in fact the whole unit. We feel connected with the subject. Some movies catch the pulse, and so does ‘Aaall izz Wellll’. Even if some of us are not ‘moved’, we feel as entertained well.
Cinema is a medium for such film makers to ‘say something’. In Rang De Basanti, R. Mehra did not just want to make a movie, he wanted to say something. In Heroes, the objective was to convey a message; cinema is again only a medium. (Unfortunately though, it is not true for many film makers.) Even when we feel entertained and get value-for-money after watching a movie, it is only a by-product of watching the movie. Most often, we are moved somewhere, in some sense. Same is true of writers or painters. Did Chetan Bhagat write ‘Five Point Someone’ only because he wanted to be writer? No. He wrote it because he wanted to say something.
Even the most extrovert and outspoken person has something to say ‘differently’, to a ‘specific’ audience’ at a ‘specific’ time. Think why we are hooked to social media (FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs)? Staying connected is secondary objective. The primary objective is to ‘say something’. This is true for even a 12 year old child who is enjoying schooling and has all the privileges of a happy childhood. And a 28 year old male who lost his first love in plane crash. And for a 38 years old happy and rising entrepreneur. Or for a 55 year old bed-ridden cancer patient. Words, canvas, pictures or screen give such an opportunity. Think about it. Pick the pen, camera or brush and say something.
I like most of the movies that I watch, may be that I feel connected with most of their subjects. But there are few that make me feel that I too should make movies. Yes, it happened when I watched Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, Black, Heroes, Dilli 6, and now ‘3 idiots’. This is not because I am ‘moved’ by these movies but I feel ‘inspired’ and ‘privileged’ to be part of such cinema’. Yes, audiences too are part of cinema.
I have applied to few institutes to learn film-making and I can see a long journey (on bumpy road) ahead. And like technical documentation, it will be a collaborative effort. Any volunteers who too are ’inspired’ for film-making are welcome to share their thoughts.