“Film as a dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down in the dark rooms of our souls.”
In technical terms 16:9 refers to the widescreen aspect ratio for video. It refers to the width and the height of the frame through which we experience the magic of films. But for me this simple ratio (16:9) is a window through which we experience the most secret and the least understood of all artistic languages; cinema. The reason I say that is because among all the other arts, cinema is the least known, it's history is generally ignored and above all, so is, it's nature.
Like cinema, technology too has given man a hope to live, a diversion to forget the harsh brutalities of life, an arena for fantasy and a few lessons for life. Man’s sensuous, aesthetic, religious, rational, emotional and social needs find expression through films and filmmaking. His moral viewpoints and beliefs get reinforced and justified through the experiences of his characters. Holistic development of every individual is done effectively and progressively through the medium of cinema. Man is only left with choices – of themes, of linguistic acceptance, of religious approaches and of social and cultural openness. All this is served on a platter for his taking.
It was like this, through writing, that one day I began to think about cinema, and discovered another way of prolonging it's vision, of realising it. In the summer of 2006, after having seen Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's, Rang De Basanti, I realised there weren't many films made in India that stayed with the viewer even half an hour after it's credits roll. Films that didn't spoon-feed but dared to push the envelope. Films that inspired me to wake up and react. To raise one's voice or put your foot down. It was the first time that such a thing happened to me. Three years have passed, though I have seen good films in this span, I wish to continue to express my views through this blog.
My blog is a sustained endeavour to build bridges through the medium of cinema. With some radical ideas, vigour and experential knowledge, I warmly welcome the youth, budding filmmakers of our global family to visit my blog and share their knowledge.