The Impact of Changing Movie Trends on Society and the World: The Need for Caution in Depicting Homosexuality

In recent times, I’ve observed a noticeable shift in the portrayal of various social issues in movies, with a particular focus on diverse sexual orientations, including homosexuality and lesbianism. These portrayals, in my opinion, are not merely aimed at promoting understanding and acceptance of different perspectives. Rather, they seem to be forcefully shaping our thoughts in a particular direction, and I hold a different view.

In my childhood, growing up in Kerala, I often saw Malayalam movies that conveyed a specific message – the notion that business or agriculture was a guaranteed path to financial ruin. Many films depicted wealthy individuals who ventured into business or agriculture, only to end up bankrupt. It appeared as though success in these fields was an unattainable dream, with movies featuring the talented actor Mohanlal serving as prime examples of this narrative.

On the contrary, Tamil cinema, particularly through the legendary Rajinikanth’s movies, championed a different message. These films emphasized the power of determination and hard work in transforming an individual from poverty to prosperity. They portrayed stories of individuals who, starting with very little, eventually became some of the wealthiest people. This narrative profoundly influenced a generation, emphasizing the value of perseverance and entrepreneurship.

The impact of these distinct cinematic messages on society, especially among Malayalees, has been significant. Parents tended to discourage their children from pursuing business ventures, believing that such endeavors would lead to financial ruin. Instead, they promoted stable jobs as the ideal path to success.

In recent times, Kerala has witnessed significant changes in its economic landscape. A combination of factors, including the messages conveyed by movies, has contributed to this transformation. Kerala has become consumer-driven economy and has led to a decline in traditional agricultural and industrial production. The state has seen a shift towards a service-oriented economy, with fewer opportunities for entrepreneurship and production.

It’s important to recognize that a balanced economy requires diversity. The state’s historic reliance on remittances from the Gulf and service sector jobs has its limitations. Encouraging entrepreneurial spirit and reviving agriculture and industry are vital for a sustainable economic future.

It’s also essential to address the portrayal of diverse sexual orientations in cinema. While cinema has the power to inspire and educate, we must consider the implications of such portrayals, particularly on young, impressionable minds. Recent movies, including one I recently watched on Netflix, “Khufiya,” featuring Tabu in a lead role, depicted a lesbian relationship in a storyline primarily focused on spies. These depictions, I believe, can have unintended consequences, especially when it comes to young audiences. The inquisitive minds of children may absorb and normalize these portrayals, potentially affecting their understanding of what is natural.

It’s fine to make movies about various topics, including homosexuality, like the film “Fire.” However, it’s important to look at how these themes are included in different kinds of movies. When they are introduced in unrelated genres, like spy or action films, it’s akin to slow poisoning, gradually normalizing something that some believe is not a natural or normal aspect of human behavior. This portrayal can lead us to question the motives behind such inclusions and whether they might be a deliberate effort to challenge societal norms and cultural values. These are questions that need exploration and discussion in the realm of cinema, as it directly impacts the beliefs and understanding of the viewers.

Cinema has historically been a medium to promote various themes like patriotism, family bonding, and friendship. It’s puzzling why movies with explicit content related to diverse sexual orientations are being made. These portrayals seem to blur the line between what should be kept private and what is showcased on public platforms.

In conclusion, the evolving cinematic landscape offers both opportunities and challenges. We must recognize the multifaceted nature of discussions around these topics and approach them with respect for diverse viewpoints and experiences. As we navigate these changes, it is imperative that we protect the innocence of young minds and ensure that cinematic depictions align with the values and morals we hold dear. Open communication, critical thinking, and a balanced perspective are the keys to fostering a society that is informed, respectful, and considerate of the influences of modern cinema.

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