April 9, 2011 04:51:23 PM IST Ruhail Amin, Glamsham Editorial
Conventionally Bollywood's role in social change has been viewed with mixed emotions. While some filmmakers have always strived to make films to instill social change, others have argued that films need to entertain rather than preach.
Though these varied points of view exist side by side, what is heartening to see is the new Bollywood activism related to social issues that has been witnessed over the last few years. Take recent examples. NO ONE KILLED JESSICA was Bollywood's activism to bring to light social injustice. There are examples galore that show how Bollywood is increasingly shedding its stardom image to identify with the common politics of everyday life.
The latest example will be the Anna Hazare led public outcry where all the ranks and files of Bollywood united to pledge their support. It was a rare site to see Bollywood actors, filmmakers and other people associated with it join hands in support of the movement.
The fact that Bollywood prides itself for having the most popular icons on its side has used this advantage to spur some real social change. It is no longer limited to symbolic gestures. Bollywood activism can be felt in the streets of the country today and thanks to this gesture, the latest people's movement led by Anna Hazare has been co-authored in many ways by Bollywood and its new activist tribe.