This is something that I never understood – Why do our movies justify violence? Our movies seem to spread the propaganda that a ‘justifiable reason’ is all that is required to make the hero/his friends start beating up the ‘bad’ guys. And that reason is always some injustice done to them by the bad guys. If all of us have to take the law in our hands to achieve justice, why do we have a law enforcement agency (police) and why do we have courts?
When someone is young, they tend to easily get influenced by what is shown in the movies. So, when movies start justifying violence by making the hero (who is often worshiped by the masses) bash up ten’s and hundred’s of people to enforce justice, a young mind naturally tends to think that violence is good if done for the ‘right cause’.
And the definition for the ‘right cause’ varies from person to person. For some, the right cause is protesting the actions of their professors and for others the right cause is fighting a rival gang over a petty issue that might have surfaced during a cricket match!
Many movies that I have watched in the past, seem to glamorize violence in some form. Some of them actually became super-hit family entertainers! So, why don’t we send our kids to martial arts classes, close down law enforcement agencies and go back to the 17th Century?
When people are younger, their blood boils for silly things and since they are the main movie watchers (customers), the movies want to cater to their interests and tastes? Movie directors often forget how much influence they wield over young minds. These people (producers and directors) don’t think twice before including more violence in their movies, for pure commercial reasons.
More violence = More money, for them. And violence can increase the tempo and excitement levels which can keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Whatever happened to good screenplay, suspense and other such elements that should have been included in the first place? When someone can’t tell a gripping/engrossing story, they substitute their inability with violence? Are movies about good story telling or about spreading false propaganda?
It’s strange to observe that people accept the bait laid out by the movie makers. I am talking about elders/parents who watch these movies gleefully along with their kids. Maybe they also like the excitement provided by violent scenes?
Or is this problem more deeply rooted? Do people genuinely believe that violence can solve many of their problems? It took two world wars for the developed world to realize that violence is a double edged sword which can achieve nothing. No terrorist organization in this world has ever achieved their objectives completely. But a Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King achieved what they wanted. Because their means were as pure as their ends.
Do you think violence is a short-cut to achieve our objectives easily? Go watch Godfather, all the three parts.
Even in our own families, we teach our kids not to fight. But we allow them to watch these violence-justifying movies and get influenced. We don’t allow our teenagers to get involved in gang wars, but take them to movies that encourage them to do just that.
It’s high time movies started producing quality fare and stop justifying violence in any form. Encouraging people to break the law can make a quick buck for the producers/directors but when their own kids start following their false propaganda, I wonder how these producers/directors feel? After all, they are also part of a society and they also have kids and family members.