FILM GYAN: SCHOLASTICS OF INDIAN FILM INDUSTRY

I remember an answer by the film star Jeetendra that I had heard many years ago while watching random programmes on TV. I don’t exactly remember when but it should be in 90s.

It was about his decision to become an actor. Jeetendra said – after passing B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Third Division, I didn’t not have any other option but to join the film industry – where would else I could find a job?

So candid a confession! And it reflects the reality of the Indian film stars (the lead pairs on screen-but not limited to them). When asked about their academic credentials, they don’t have much to talk about. And few of them are as candid as Jeetendra.

I don’t follow film celebrities and content on them. Even then, I can write this much. Conservatively and safely, it is a dicey area for most of them they don’t care about. And with increasing run of ‘film dynasties’ the situation has worsened (stagnated) even further.

But again, the problem is not so narrow in its impact area. And interestingly, the problem is not a problem at all when seen from the perspective of the larger film fraternity.

After all, Indian film industry produces crap in bunches and ‘intelligent, meaningful cinema’ is a feast that is served once in a while.

Yes, there are academically strong and ‘intellectually sound’ film industry professionals, but they are in absolute minority, usually restricted to the expertise areas of filmmaking like direction, concept and design, content research, visualization, art direction, song writing and marketing. Some of them are even in acting.

But for the larger breed, from dynasties to the lot who populate the cast and crew of the crap being produced, year after year, from North to South, from East to West, the crap that is almost the 95% of the total content produced, the scholastics are as dumb a subject to discuss as the ‘elements of intelligent, meaningful cinema’ in the films produced by the ‘elite’ class.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

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