If we talk about the influence of Indian cinema on audience, it is more than a tradition. In Indian people follow cricket and cinema as their religion. They live with the cinema. Bollywood movies always had the tendency to highly influence the audience. Actors like Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachan and Shah Rukh Khan are known as the god of Bollywood movies.
Cinema has the potential to influence the society. And it is also true that films (with their wide reach) and actors (with their influence), can be of great help to start a conversation that is important to bring about a positive change in the country and society. Akshay Kumar is one of the few actors who have realised this potential and possibility of a better tomorrow. He is doing his bit through two of his upcoming films.
Akshay Kumar – Bhumi starrer Toilet: ek Prem Katha is all set to hit screens tomorrow (August 11). The film brings in focus the lack of proper, basic sanitation amenities for a large number of Indians. There are myths, archaic belief systems, lack of awareness and financial constraints that ail the situation. Akki’s next film, Padman again deals with an important issue – it talks about the poor state of menstrual hygiene facilities and awareness amongst rural women.
While he is high on taking up subjects that are crucial for the nation, I would really love him to do a film that highlights the drought situation in the country. The issue is far graver than what most Indians realize and a film on the same might be able to bring the necessary attention to the matter. Yes, Aamir Khan has already taken up the cause through Satyamev Jayate Water Cup under Paani foundation. But I have another important issue in mind for him.
While our romance dramas, action thrillers and extravagant period sagas are all welcome, Bollywood films can help us go a long way by taking up matters that really matter for the country. I can only hope that films like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Padman and Sui Dhaga- Made In India, only pave the way for more filmmakers and actors to showcase important, burning issues in films that can act as an aid to an ailing India.
Actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Aamir Khan can also make movies on social awareness and help India to be better India.