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Films: Then and Now
People say cinema reflects society. Can we say our society has degraded so much; our life has become so much violent and vicious?
SOFT MELODY of flute, harmonium and table with enthralling voice of Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle and Kishore Kumar making the feet tap softly and lips move inaudibly!

The hero wooing the heroine in valley of Kashmir; the blush of the heroine as she glides behind a tree; the quintessential comedian evoking laughter from elite and front benchers alike!

The villainous slang of vicious words spoken menacingly by Pran, Prem Chopra, Ranjeet and Raza Murad making us feel a repulsive hatred for them!

The scene of rising and setting sun; the outdoor shootings and the camaraderie of film studios; making movies while cracking jokes, sipping glasses of tea, celebrating Holi, Diwali and Eid together – That was film making just 30-40 years back.

How is has all changed now! Too much – Too fast!

Actions, shots of guns and not shooting of emotions; raw passion instead of tender words; vulgar gyrations of item songs instead of soft sway of heroine’s steps and the teasing flick of hair; scenes of blood and gore instead of menacing words of villains – Ouch!

People say cinema reflects society. Can we say our society has degraded so much; our life has become so much violent and vicious; the terrorists have become more important to be glorified in movies than nationalism; that there is almost no sensitivity left to really understand or appreciate what films stand for?

May be, it is so; we are on brink of insanity and so are our films. Despite all the technical gloss and technological novelty, the films now more or less lack the real life factor – emotions, action, drama – are all missing. It is time to reflect and introspect to make an effort to make our sanity restored.

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