Far from the maddening crowd a controversy is brewing in the Hindi heart land about the usage of popular Hindi cinema actors as symbolic representations for the initial letters that there names represent. So, in the Hindi text books in UP, Aishwarya and Hrithik have been used as the connotative symbols for denoting the letter of their names. It is a small initiation but it has the intellectuals in the field up in the arms as they feel that introducing the students from such a tender age about the world of cinema could have a debilitating effect on their growth and development.
But the stand of the academics is like living in the dark ages! There is a hardly a child in any part of the country who is not opening his eyes into the world, his sensibilities being guided by the bombardment that his senses receive by the multitude of programmes being beamed into his house where he is growing up. The child is able to recognize the star much easily than any other thing that is brought before him .So, as a part of innovativeness in teaching if name of actors like Aishwarya and Hrithik are introduced into the textbooks and children are able to learn faster so beat it.
Few years ago when Big B had appeared as a Bib B in an advertisement children started calling him as Buddhu uncle, as this was the name given to him in the copy and it was the most popular advertisements of its times. There could not have been a better initiative than using the letter B as Buddhu uncle for instant recollection. Education is under going metamorphosis and learning by rote is being replaced by innovativeness that could inculcate spirit of inquisitiveness in the child, and if cinema can serve its purpose, so be it.
Cinema is one of the most potent mediums of cultural expression and its outreach has to be understood, it is also a medium, which continues to innovate to the extent no other medium is inclined to do. Had it not been for a TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, and the willingness of Abhishek Bachchan to tell to the world that he was also dyslexic in the childhood the problem of dyslexia would continue to have swept inside the carpets.
We therefore need to change our attitude to cinema and give it the recognition that it deserves, after when the child is big enough to have his cognitive faculties fully developed he can himself decide the manner in which he wants to study. His growth should not be restricted if it is done through innovative mediums.