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RAIN CHECK: Would the Industry pick up this idea this time around

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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It has now officially declared that the rains are deficient this time around all over the country. Lack of rain has led to realignment of studies. Does the industry need a reality check as well? After all, as a social responsibility, arising from the fact that films are knitted so deep into the psyche of the society and the average Indian, the need of the time demands that the issue needs to be taken up by its horns.

Lack of rains in the country has led to some brilliant expositions on the silver screen in nearly all the languages. DO AANKHEIN BARAH HAATH, MOTHER INDIA, GUIDE, which are considered milestone of the Hindi film industry, have lack of the rain and its consequent fallouts as the background. As a matter of fact the films, which had dacoity as the connecting or the weaving theme, had lack of rains as the trigger for conversion to dacoits. In the not too distant memory LAGAAN was another film, were owing to lack of rains forced the villagers to play the cricket with a full-fledged team and the affect that lack of rain was turned into a catalytic factor to win the match. Symbolically enough, in most of these films the climaxes had torrents of rain in the background.

While we have moved on in life, and as the citizens of cities are not much concerned about the lack of rain, lack of rain indeed affects majority of the citizens of the country even to this day. When it pours, only the romance associated with the rain is brought into relief, however seldom is the lack of rain and it's after effect brought into play. In the recent memory the after effects of rain were encapsulated in the film 26 JULY, which relived the trauma of those who were caught in the rain on 26 July 2005 in Mumbai. But again it was an urban theme.

When it does not rain, its effect in the villages and in the small towns is seen to be believed, and when it pours its cascading effect in the form of havoc can be seen only through the eyes of those who have been affected. Hollywood continues to address these issues on a regular basis, but the Indian film industry, still seems to be shy about addressing it. The time has however come for the industry to rise to the occasion and start addressing these issues, which affect a common man and the most ardent fan of cinema in a big way. If it were done, then identification of the common man with the cinema would become more pronounced.

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