Cinemas! The name itself attracts such attention and grandeur which is unparalleled with any other art form or industry. Oh, how have we crackled with laughter while hearing stories about our parents getting thrashed by their parents for bunking their classes to catch a glimpse of Amitabh Bachchan in “Don” or see the “Dream Girl”. This is one of the very few art forms which captivates, enthralls and makes you ecstatic at the same time.
Cinema for many can be defined as putting a story onto the screen, for some it’s a way of expressing themselves in a two-dimensional medium. Wikipedia defines cinema, “as a type of visual communication which use moving pictures and sound to tell stories or inform (help people to learn).” For some cinema is an art and for some, an industry. At the end of the day, it’s what feeds the stomach and the soul of millions out there.
For me, it has always been a mystical window to the wonders that the fantasy world possessed. For many people it’s the window where they feel the love between the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet, it’s a place where immortal friendships as strong as Jay and Veeru’s is forged, it’s a place where we run with Tom Hanks because on the other side there’s Rancho educating us to strive for excellence. It’s a place which sets our heart racing to the music of Hans Zimmer while we are chasing the “Not-So-Serious” Joker on our Batmobile. Cinemas have the capability of transporting us to Akbar’s Durbar in the 16th century, through Mahatma Gandhi’s struggle to free India and into the future where it seems like Luke Skywalker is destroying the Death Star using “The Force”.
As Jason Segel aka Marshall Erikksen would say,
“Cinemas! Just moving pictures you say! The fluttering start of the projector that demands excitement, the harbingers of gods imparting their message through dialogues, the pictures in perfect sync with the sound which gives us a feeling of a third dimension in a two-dimensional visual medium, the ability to transport you from London to Paris to New York in a jiffy; this is no common visual art form, this is God talking to us”
Not too sound too flattering, but who better than Andy and Woody to teach us the meaning of friendship, who better than Ron and Hermione to teach us about courage, who better than Carl Fredricksen to teach us about undying love and adventure and who better than Bond to show how a single man can change the world. Movies, not only entertains but also gives us hope and hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. When there’s drama, action, thrill, history, suspense, comedy, romance, horror presented to us in a 72 ft x 53 ft screen, not even The Godfather can refuse.