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By Prakhar Patidar

Each country has its cinematic language, shaped by cultural and social factors. For example, kissing and other direct representations of physical intimacy have always been a part of western cinema but have only begun to appear in the Indian landscape regularly in the past decade.


Although not all films adhere strictly to socio-cultural sensibilities as cinema is also always prone to experimentation. It brings forth the debate of how much is too much when it comes to what can be shown on screen and that of censorship. In such a debate, cultural context and artistic expression find themselves head to head with each other.

The way films are made keeps on changing over time. It adopts and rejects some narrative tropes, incorporates new technology, makes room for experimentation, so on and so forth. If we look back at what is considered to be the golden age of Indian cinema, things have most definitely changed.

From the subjects the films were centred on to the direction, acting and other technicalities, there are noticeable differences between the films of then and that of now.


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It isn't entirely good or entirely bad and possibly will always stay in the grey. The simplicity of the older cinema might appeal to some while the crisp editing of the newer to others. One thing that has improved is the scope to be more creative as more and more streaming platforms show up.

The filmmakers are not restrained by limitations such as run time, censorship, pleasing the masses as traditional theatrical release is not the only medium to put one's film out there. Despite this, OTTs have grown to be a hub of poor quality content that lacks originality and more often than not, try to reel in viewers using the same old tricks.

The most infamous of these tricks - inclusion of extreme violence or sexual content without it serving any significant purpose in the narrative, if there was one, to begin with. And the trick seems to be working. Soft porn combined with poor acting and a lack of story sells.

While there is nothing such as high art and low art when it comes to entertainment. People enjoy what they enjoy, but it's highly disappointing to be in such a booming time for OTT but have it filled with things barely watchable.


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