Film for Change

on 6, Mar 2012 | 4 Comments | in Category: Limelight

Mushfiq Ahmad

Mushfiq Ahmad

cinema

 

Cinema is an extraordinarily powerful medium, much more powerful than television and newspaper. Cinema has been used all over the world to engender positive social change. In our neighbouring India, the film industry has done an admirable job by promoting communal and ethnic harmony, highlighting the ways of corrupt politicians, and pointing out other social issues.

 

 

 

In Pakistan, however, the medium has been grossly underutilised—never utilised in fact—for the purpose. Our filmmakers have miserably failed to do justice with their job because of their lack of creativity. They have stuck to the old themes of love triangle and family revenge without bothering about several other cancerous issues.

 

 

 

As a nation, we need films because 70 percent of us are illiterate and few of the literates like to read. In this scenario, there is a huge cultural void in our country that has made our people unimaginative. This unimaginativeness can be cured by developing a healthy film industry. Without giving convincing movies to our people, we cannot hope to make our people creative. And creativity is what makes a nation prosperous.

 

 

 

We have to give our people thought-stimulating movies. Through cinema we can make people fight against injustice, rebel against the rotten system of governance and reform the social environment.

 

 

 

If we manage to stir the thoughts of the common man through cinema we can hope to achieve some harmony in this country of several ethnicities and creeds, a goal that our educational institutions have failed to achieve.

 

 

 

The recent success of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s documentary film ‘Saving Face’ is one testimony to the potential of the medium of cinema. The documentary has won accolades from across the world for highlighting a problem that has remained largely unheeded in the country.

 

 

 

Looking at the success of this documentary, one can imagine what can be achieved by making purposeful films. And we must remember that it is only a documentary. A documentary is always less forceful than a fiction movie. Documentaries do not appeal to the minds of the ordinary, non-educated folk. Fiction movies do.

 

 

 

If our writers and directors start making worthwhile films about the issues that the common man faces in his everyday life, there is no reason why our industry should not flourish.

 

 

 

A flourishing film industry will also be good for the economy of the country. In India, the film making industry provides jobs to tens of millions. If we develop our film industry, tens of thousands of our people can also get decent jobs. It will be the same as has happened in the television industry in the last 12 years where a large number of job opportunities have been created.

 

 

 

It is time someone made a meaningful, captivating movie aimed at building a new Pakistan and realizing the true potential of its people.

 



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  • M.Saeed

    Apart from their huge entertainment values, films are very useful escape-vents to flush out the juvenility vices from the system. Ever since the demise of our film industry, crime rate in the country has gone sky-high and is still rising at a horrible pace.
    On the other hand, fast infiltration and spread in epidemic proportions of Indian films in our society through all means and devices, have overwhelmed the nation to the extent that, Sonia Gandhi had triumphantly stated almost 20 years back that, India had culturally conquered Pakistan.
    There is no doubt in the fact that, the first step to rule a nation is, in capturing minds of it’s youth by feeding and cultivating intended culture in their lives. Films can play that role remarkably well by showing them a culture as beautiful as require that can kill their own cultural values by planting ill-founded and terrifying maligns against them.

  • hamza

    since ours is traditional society we cant have films beyond those lines the writer mentioned. and the things he needs to have in our films cannot suffice unless we have literate society, else we will always end up seeing most pathetic modern films like KHUDA K LIAY.

  • Faisal Aziz

    “We have to give our people thought-stimulating movies.”

    We need to give “entertainment” to this entertainment starved nation first and foremost any grandiose plan can gladly come after that, IMO.

  • Sshazz

    hopefully one day il b making movies and def. not the regular pakistani gujjar420 type. But to get some assistance regarding movies in pakistan i emailed several ppl such as javed sheikh, syed noor etc RESPONSE? never got any. All i wanted to know where our film studios were, the few that exist, what technology is available and what not as what i will have to buy and so on but never got a single response from any one. I saw this community Atiqa Odho was the head of on f.b thought id try her same result.NO RESPONSE. but i wont give up on my dream to make movies that easily. Give me another 4-5 years and keep the name in mind SHAHZAD. Hopefully i will provide you guys with some hollywood style movies that we can enjoy.

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