When we watch a film that has the ability to deeply impact us, we want to look and behave like the characters shown on screen and want to do what they do in the film. When ‘Jab We Met’ was released, thousands of Indian women and girls started dressing like Geet. Fans try to mimic Shahrukh Khan when it comes to romance. People want to dance like Hrithik. You cannot say that films cannot influence impressionable minds. They perfectly can. And that is why a lot of people argue that filmmakers and actors have the moral responsibility to choose and make films that will influence society in the right way.
Currently, Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s ‘Animal’, featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Rashmika Mandanna, has hit theatres and has created quite a stir. A lot of the reviews of the film have highlighted how unnecessarily violent the film is. There’s too much killing, too many gory details, too much blood and too much “alpha male” vibes.
The film is doing impressively well at the box office while also simultaneously facing backlash for being extremely violent. Amidst all this, a very old interview of Aamir Khan has gone viral wherein he explains that a film based on violence and sex is very easy to sell to the audience because lust and violence are very easy to provoke in a human being.
He further explains that a filmmaker who isn’t very talented will always rely on these two emotions to have a hit film. But people in the industry need to realize that such films end up harming our society.
“These two emotions are most easy to provoke in a human being. Directors who are not so talented in creating a story, showing emotions, and creating situations depend heavily on violence and sex to make the film work. They think that if violence and sex are shown, it will be successful. We should keep in mind when we make a film that we don’t do something that leaves a bad impact on the new generation. I don’t say that there should be no violence in films. But it should depend on the subject and there are ways of showing it,” he says in the interview.
Have a look at the video here:
Love this. Need more of these interviews today. pic.twitter.com/zsq3I4cRlo
— Sophie | Free Palestine 🍉 (@azenithromycin) December 2, 2023
Several people online agreed with what Aamir Khan had to say and highlighted that films nowadays are “creatively bankrupt” and end up stirring public sentiments the wrong way. Have a look at some of the reactions here:
Sure he’s not having the hottest run lately career-wise but Aamir Khan’s sense of social responsibility in cinema is something I’ll never take away from him. Most films today seem creatively bankrupt. https://t.co/dKXMflCcZJ
— Jackie J. Thakkar (@Juvenile_Jack) December 2, 2023
The brilliance of Aamir Khan🙏🙏… every word spoken by him is undeniable truth… stirring public sentiments is quite easy through violence/vulgarity/aggression/provocation and take benefit of the polarized opinions like politicians successfully doing since long.. https://t.co/lT5N2W3nZL
— SAIFIANS☔ (@ClassySAIFian) December 3, 2023
Not a fan of his acting or movies post Dil Chahta Hai but gotta give credit to him for never compromising about certain things for a desperate hit. https://t.co/vShQyVC2yr
— S (@LoyleMoltisanti) December 2, 2023
Amir saying this and that other clip of srk refusing to do abusive films
Both of their understanding of audience they cater to and the influence they hold and trying their best to not set a wrong example
Truly Superstars are built different https://t.co/zPEkJxkVQv
— tara (@its_zaalima) December 3, 2023
wait, bring back aamir khan’s soft boy era which was unmatched. man was extremely ahead of his time. https://t.co/m17i0n809e
— desiburgerbacha (@shortiekiddo28) December 2, 2023
Agreed. Not to be moral police but there’s something really sad when the vilest of jokes got the biggest laughs from the college going folks. https://t.co/IsGfr2i3ao
— Agniveer Arteta (@backtotrolling) December 2, 2023
— 건투를빕니다, 이번 생은 어차피 모두에게 처음이니까🏻🏻 (@Hae_Mastani) December 2, 2023
This is exactly the voice we need now. We need men in power to speak of it and stick to it.
We don't need a Venga. Venga is a man with trauma who got movies to show his inner gore.
This will harm more than you think.
Venga doesn't need box office. He needs years of therapy. https://t.co/T8yLhUdvYC
— Paromita Bardoloi (@Paromitabardolo) December 2, 2023
Aamir was always way ahead of everyone's game and brains🔥🔥 this is for all those who keep saying 'just watch movie as a movie' https://t.co/xCwUBv2B9A
— ᎮᏒᎥᎩᏗᏁᏦᏗ 🎄🎅☃️🎁 (@priyank65601552) December 2, 2023
Do you agree with what Aamir has to say?