The arts are an important part of human life and culture. They attract a large measure of attention and support from states, commercial companies and the public at large. Art is a form of self- expression. Good art does not go out of style. It reflects society. It is a unique medium to express the creator. Art gives insight into the human condition. According to Tolstoy: art is a human activity consisting of one man consciously, and experiencing them, Indirect conduit to communicate from one person to another. Art stimulates individuals’, behavioral section, emotions, sentiments, or ideas through the senses.

Art brings new dimensions into picture through expressive processes and following this meditative procedure, we have the unique form of art- the Cinema/Film section which is corroboration of plethora of diverse segments and experiences of aesthetics- my main question is whether this art, i.e cinema helps in uplifting the social happenings, takes the societal in which direction- role of censorship and its relation with art and how this has in totality affected the contemporary 21st post covid pandemic society. Films no longer thrashes people in the world of illusion and imitation, rather it is responsible for character building, and in some sense “life-preserving”. With delving into the merits of this phenomenon I endeavor to expunge the futuristic aspects of my dialect so as to comprehend things into the right perspective.

Cinema and films have been an integral part of the human life- from Dear zindagi’s psychologist to the anti-hero robin hood, from the prem prasang to the forbidden love of raj and simran and to the condemnation of a pity father on the affair of his prince son with anarkali- all have put the audience in an awe-inspiring situation, it has affected us in ways we cannot even fathom about. Some changes have come as a larger-scale revolution and some have scaled as slow-pace corrections but one thing is for sure that this form of art has influenced us, our societies and our significant surroundings at large. The question of moral goodness is different from the question of aesthetic goodness- this is a very important aspect.

Human-psychology, social anthropogenic activities and the general sociology of human-life has undergone a significant change because of the film industry and cinematography and the Honorable Supreme court of India ascent to the view I hold with respect to cinema. The changes have conglomerate to become one single unit of massive social change stride that has led a significant change in how we humans- interact, live, work, conduct ourselves and behave in proximity of other beings- therefore signifying the way how art and object of aesthetic experience interact with us, thereby being an integral part of our lives for it be a travesty to say that Raja harish chandra didn’t inspired all of us to become a human like him or B.R Chopra’s Mahabharata didn’t inspire us to be a “tarka-pungava” like Krishna.

We have to answer the following questions in the course of this paper so that we can understand the wide-ranging impact of art in general on the human-race and the social changes existing concurrently with it, and they are as follows:-
What are the changes introduced by the movies we have been watching?
How have these movies influenced us in our personal life?

The social change introduced by the cinema has done more good or bad to our society? What is the place of censorship in the context of films and how can we justify their existence on a crucial aspect of art?

Films are said to be the composite art form primarily because they are produced by a series of various other art objects and aesthetic entities are holistically included in the making of a film shot, it has camera- photography, literature, songs, dialogues, technology, editing, screenplay of emotions, robust-feelings, great acting sequel in parallel cinema that is closely related to the European socio-cultural heading, it is composed of various art-forms, promotion production and manufacturing is also closely associated to various novel ways which signifies its abbreviation as a composite art-form, an art form that been curated by addition of all other art-forms. The ordinary spatio-temporal experiences and the marvelous sadharanikaran during films plays a significant role in aesthetic experience.

Now, after building up on the composite nature of cinema as an art-form, let me turn towards the socio-cultural changes in particular and overall haul in general the cinema has brought about in the society. We can say that (1) our social ties have undergone a significant change in the way we look up to our family, our brothers, sisters- ideal concept of wife, obedient husband, powerful godman like friend- it has all changed because of the films, it has in some cases made us more reserve and in some instances broadened our horizon to our family-ties, a friend is not just a friend he has become an unpaid therapist, a mother has become a friend and savior- they are no longer subjected to the age-old task of “mothering or fathering” Kahani 2.0, drishyam movie, the family stone and parent-hood such movies serve a thriving example for my assertion significantly.

The next aspect is that (2) films have changed the social structure; how we look down upon the people from other caste groups for example the movie about sinhalese tamil, aboriginals, kashmiri pandits, or red indians of America, so on and so forth, it has undergone a significant change, Kashmir files, Article 15, and movies of these genre have given us a different lens to view things- it has provided a platform for people suffering from mental disorder in the case of chandra-mukhi Avni in Bhool-Bhulaiya, Dear zindagi, Young sheldon etc. We no longer look with an eye of disgust at them and segregate them on the basis of caste, creed, sex, or religion or color- the black americans have risen in the rate of acceptance and adaptability in some white regions in the U.S.A as per survey conducted.

An effective movie, with desirable communication goal and expressive performances can have a long-lasting impact on the mind, personality, education of a man- it makes who he “really is”– it shapes his life and guides his actions, just as the concept of justice in the mind of people of Plato’s theory of form, that have guided them and their predicaments. Be it employment, lifestyle, work-ethics, social setting and any metaphysical question- we all have turned towards the movies. This was an excerpt of my research on art and film appreciation.

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Chaitanya Sharma
B.A Philosophy (Hons.) from Hansraj College, University of Delhi


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