When some of our deepest educators can be films and literature.
We find education through books, video games and films. Why its relevantly important.
In the rising of Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s PINK, produced by Shoojit Sircar continues to gain box office momentum with all the applause, truly deserved. From powerfully-charged performances by Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang. Especially how it extraordinarily conveyed a sensitive issue. Whilst effectively translating a powerful social message and relevant voice for #feminism. (I’ve yet to view).
It continues to send the internet into a craze that emotionally connected with it’s viewers and critics. A cinematic triumph.
I’m reminded of the power of cinema.
Be it adapted from books, developed through the immerse virtual world of video games. And quite obviously, the intensity of films. Hollywood and even Bollywood.
PINK seems to convey a desparate change in the mindset of a society that rarely questions the norm. Rather questions it. Its almost like a movement in itself. (gathering from the response translated on FB, Twitter, YouTube, etc)
But I’m reminded of the sensation that became of Neil Druckmann’s THE LAST OF US back in 2013. A genre-defining experience and character driven story about a pandemic radically transformed known civilization, into infected humans. The story of a bereaved father and smuggler Joel. And the deuteragonist, a precocious but boisterous orphan-teenager, Ellie, who turns out to be immune to the infection.
It simply struck a cord, especially the coming of age characterisation of Ellie with teenage players. The critical and emotional appreciation that the game recieved including the powerful potrayal of Joel by Troy Baker and Ellie by Ashley Johnson.
But the DLC LEFT BEHIND took Ellie’s characterisation beyond the boundaries of gender. When Ashley Johnson following her BAFTA win for Best Performance for voicing Ellie, expressed she wasn’t prepared for a positive response to Ellie’s sexual orientation.
But it was very well recieved due to the fact that it conveyed a personal and gender-questioning subject, that affects those experiencing this. What it did was help those experiencing this find a sense of acceptance, especially once TLOS recieved phenomenal acclaim and appreciation, globally.
I’m trying to express that the medium allowed both narratives the ability to translate a social message which had the power, and dared to question our mindsets, to simply consider how we choose to convey our presence and actions. Our verbal expression and body language that truly revolved around what knew and believe in.
But the question is, how do we use what we know to create a change. In a world that mostly conforms and stereotypes. We simply can’t until we don’t experience a different sense of interpretation. One we are truly absent too. Like a ghost. Blinded by self-retained conscious.
Until we don’t accept to see this, we refuse to accept change. Truly because, the society fears change. The majority. The conformists.
It is here that visual cinematics like TLOS LEFT BEHIND and the hardhitting courtroom drama PINK, that not only daringly challenges our morals but effectively and potently shakes it. Suddenly I feel that this onus is left to filmmakers to bring such subjects into the acknowledgement of viewers, when political leaders continue to fail at doing something about it. That through such mediums, the intellectual are able to convey what we as a person could do to bring change to the society. To see reason within an ever growing problem.
By doing so, such mediums or at least what its used to convey becomes our educational institute(s). The power of cinema, books, video games, music, art, teach us change. The moment we are challenging our morals, we are making a conscious decision to make a difference. To educate, so that we can deeply question how we play our part in society. How do we better it. How do we remove the shackles of stereotypes and in the case of PINK, feminism.
Translating the projection and themes in films and literature, or any kind of art form, we continue to educate ourselves the importance of challenging the way we choose to interpret and convey our message to the world. But also to question what society projects, and how it influences us in such unthinkable ways. If society fails to accept and support such changes, dare to challenge your mentality.
Be a thinker. Question more. See reason.
P.S. I’m not sure what I wanted to convey, was effectively put to words. It’s never easy for me to put to written expression. Always.
It’s an attempt to convey a message.