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Hindi cinema finally gets the recognition it deserves
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
Chitrangda Singh might not yet have broken into the mainstream in the commercial cinema category as the top star, but her peers indeed would be jealous of her as her debut HAZAARON KHWAHISHEN AISI has been selected as one of the films that would now be taught in the Indian schools as a visual document about an integral part of the modern Indian history, i.e. the emergence of left movement and its consequences.
Though cinema has been used as a tool to disseminate education in the western countries, it has taken quite a long time to accord it the same status in India, but nevertheless, it is a development that should bring cheer to the film fraternity, as it is a recognition for the medium of cinema as a vital documenter of the change process in the Indian society. In a new initiative undertaken by the National Council for Education Research and Training, NCERT, it has embarked on the path of picking up films that would help the students to understand the political history and changing paradigms in the socio-economic scenarios.
It is always easy to make a student understand the political development through an illustration via the visual medium i.e. the cinema and it should encourage more students to pick up these modern subjects for study. The choice of the Indian cinema has been guided by the fact that it also takes into account the development that is contextual, and this is what can widen the horizon of the student. As each cinematic expression has something else to say, for each session a different film can be picked up for teaching and this would ensure the novelty of the subject, as also draw new students to the subjects like Sociology and Political Science.
In the first phase eight films have been picked up to supplement the theoretical premise in the book. In this compilation are included films like GARAM HAWA, which is a living testimony to the after effects of partition, AAKROSH a stark comment on the urban social formulations, HAQEEQAT about the 1962 Indo-China War, ZANJEER, and PATHER PANCHALI etc.
The experts who have introduced this new initiative hold the view that a picture is able to facilitate understanding of the social issue in a much better manner than the written text. The challenge for the schools would be to synchronize the telecast timings of these films so that all the students are able to view it. What would be of interest, whether after viewing these movies a discussion takes place in the class or not, and if it does, it would be a good fallout, as every child would have his own interpretation and the discussions that would emerge would be a real cannon fodder for the societal development as the fresh minds would be giving there own interpretation about whatever has happened more than 20, 30 or 50 years ago.