Cinema reflects society, society rarely reflects cinema: Kajol

Actress Kajol Wednesday attended a special session at the 15th edition of FICCI Frames 2014 and said it's unfair to say that one gets influenced by watching cinema.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 8:38:10 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Actress Kajol Wednesday attended a special session at the 15th edition of FICCI Frames 2014 and said it's unfair to say that one gets influenced by watching cinema.

The star of films like "Dushman" and "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", was speaking on the ideas behind censorship guidelines.

"My kids are in front of the computer 24X7 despite having all the parental control. There is no way to stop the flow of information. The flow of information is too fast and too much. If you say one gets influenced watching a character, I think it's foolish. Cinema reflects society, society rarely reflects cinema," Kajol said.

She added: "Movie shows whatever happens in the society. For instance, if a hero smokes on the screen, it is because 90 percent of the country smokes and not the other way round. It's stupid to say one gets influenced by watching on the screen."

The session was organised in partnership with LA India Film Council.

Kajol shared the dais with filmmaker Sudhir Mishra; Rakesh Kumar, CEO, Central Board of Film Certification; Filmmaker and co-chair of FICCI Ramesh Sippy and Ravi Kottarakara, President, Film Federation of India.

Mishra spoke about the "No Smoking" disclaimer issue faced by the filmmakers and said: "Our only request is, do not put 'No Smoking' disclaimer on the frame. Put it before or after the scene because you are taking away that moment from the filmmaker."

Kajol said if a director has shot that particular scene, then with such disclaimer "you are cutting down the creativity of the director".

Rakesh responded to their complaint saying right now he cannot comment upon it as the matter is "sub-judice in the court".

However, when Kajol asked can one change the guidelines of the Censor Board, Sippy said: "We can try and bring changes in guidelines".

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Posted on: 13 March 2014 at 1:36pm
Agar aag do taraf lagi hui ho toh dhuan bhi dono taraf se uthta hai, ek taraf se nhin mrs devgan.
the statement should go like that "SOCIETY REFLECTS CINEMA, BUT CINEMA RARELY REFLECTS SOCIETY". Bollywood makes more than 1000 movies in year, and there only lets just take 100 movies(probably be less than that), based on social issues.
Take that statement back.

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Posted on: 13 March 2014 at 12:00pm
I am not in agreement with what Kajol has stated. Society reflects cinema for sure! on every aspect, be it fashion trend, language, aestheticism...

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Posted on: 13 March 2014 at 10:44am
Kajol, I submit that you take your Statement back. You are farthest from the Truth. Media and Cinema totally affects society both in positive and Negative ways. Particularly cinema effects the most vulnerable sections of society, namely youngeters in their formative years , and Emotionally immature ones who are influenced easy. Entertainment industry has a responsibility towards the audience through whom they make Big bucks. But I guess greed takes over the desire to self control. Also If you are allowing your Children to be on the computers 24/ 7 , you may wish to revisit that issue and research the long term ills of this in western literaure.

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Posted on: 13 March 2014 at 10:23am
I disagree with what Kajol said. I thought she was an intelligent woman but if that is truly her words than she has just fallen in my eyes.

Society does follow what's shown on the screen so film makers need to take responsibility for it. As far as censorship goes that is subjective to each country but I would hope with incendiary topics like sex, drugs, killing and so on both film makers and censorship would work hand in hand.

At the end of the day whatever is on screen will be seen by the masses and there is always a susceptible mind out there.

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Posted on: 13 March 2014 at 4:00am
I disagree with one statement here-- that society does not reflect cinema. I do wish Kajol would look around and see just HOW much society absorbs from cinema.
From fashion, to music, to aesthetic sensibility, to dialogues-- just about every aspect of cinema there is.
To say that cinema does not influence society is to say that literature does not influence society.
Cinema and society share a give-and-take relationship.

Now how much RESPONSIBILITY film-makers choose to take, and how much creative liberty they are allowed, and the rights and wrongs of censorship in India, are all enormously subjective and definitely a separate debate.

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Posted on: 13 March 2014 at 12:28am
Hmm, agree. It gets annoying even for the audience to read those disclaimer during the scenes. Nothing against it?
, as Kajol said it could be in the starting and in the end. Even it could be during interval/ads.

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Posted on: 12 March 2014 at 11:47pm
agree with every word kajol said.

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