Cinema and Life

Cinema and Life

Urmi Sahni02 Jul 2011

Life is simple, and so is cinema. Wrong. There is nothing more complicated than life. It is this complication that makes it interesting and worth living and this is what makes it a tale, a story that one must narrate. Almost like a film every life has a story. Once upon a time there was a tree that defined the centre, the core of the village. It gave wisdom to several scholars and faith to many. It bore the stones of the children and gave them fruits, never held any grudge, and such was that great tree. But it all started with a seed that was ploughed accidentally when a it was dropped by a farmer of this village.

Life is simple and so is cinema. Wrong. There is nothing more complicated than life. It is this complication that makes it interesting and worth living and this is what makes it a tale, a story that one must narrate. Almost like a film every life has a story.

Once upon a time there was a tree that defined the centre, the core of the village. It gave wisdom to several scholars and faith to many. It bore the stones of the children and gave them fruits, never held any grudge, and such was that great tree. But it all started with a seed that was ploughed accidentally when a it was dropped by a farmer of this village. So as they say, all greatness begins small. Then came famine and poverty in the village. No wisdom, no force could change the fate. Even the tree had grown frail. No leaves to shred, no fruits to feed. The villagers decided to sell it and the tree happily agreed to sacrifice its life.

Anything that has life has a story to tell. The question is if we ever listen? But it is cinema that makes it larger than life and puts it on a scale that we can never ignore.

Films are magical arent they? They mesmerize us, they inspire us and if nothing else, they entertain us. Did you ever listen to your grandmothers stories and actually saw the prince on a horse or the princess in gold? Well cinema gives a shape to these hazy images. Why just listen to a story, why not watch it and feel it too? Such is the magic of Cinema. It has gripped us all, and you cannot deny that. The fact that you have logged on to this site and bothered to read someones thoughts on cinema says it all.

Auguste and Louis Lumiere who invented cinematograph

The magic of cinema began in France in 1895 when brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere invented a cinematograph. They started projecting what was called movie, simply a photograph that moves. Just imagine if you are going through your photo album and your friend looks back at you and smiles or just waves his hand. Thats exactly what happened to people who saw this for the first time. A single picture could now capture not just the moment, but a moment with action, space and time.

With the evolution of story telling, we evolved too. We, the audience once ran out of a theatre because the train was moving towards the camera, well who knows, if a picture can move, it could be real.

And now, even as we watch gun men die and tanks blast, we eat popcorn.

But all said and done, it makes us believe that it is real, it is life. I cry for Hrithik because he cries for Shah Rukh or I simply laugh because Babu Rao Ganpat Rao Apte, just lost his glasses amidst chaos or I cheer for my Team India as it heads to take its final goal. I am there; I am watching their lives as it unfolds, as they are born and as they die. Arent we all enchanted by it?

Urmi Sahni
About the Author

Urmi is a compulsive movie lover of the highest order. There is something magical about movies, which makes her heart skip a beat, everytime the lights go dark in the theatre. She is also a dreamer who gets inspired from movies as she tries to unravel the multiple stories behind each story that goes into making our movies.

About Urmi Sahni

Urmi SahniUrmi is a compulsive movie lover of the highest order. There is something magical about movies, which makes her heart skip a beat, everytime the lights go dark in the theatre. She is also a dreamer who gets inspired from movies as she tries to unravel the multiple stories behind each story that goes into making our movies.

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Good job!!
Posted by Garima on  Aug 4 2008 2:25PM
you buy a couple of hours to keep the real-life at bay; that's how it is, always. thats why the reality (or should we say parallel cinema) never clicks well.
Posted by Making things happen :) on  Aug 14 2008 1:48AM
Is that so? What is so parallel about parallel cinema? Is there anything called parallel cinema at all... ?
Posted by Urmi on  Aug 14 2008 1:51AM
Agree with Making Things Happen, feel that most cine enthusiasts like to lose themselves in another world for 2 to 3 hrs - away from the tensions, involvement with or the sheer routine of the real life. In a way it is some kind of escapism but then it is refreshing.
Posted by Paromeeta on  Sep 2 2008 11:47AM
very well written feature. loved reading.
Posted by vuttaa on  Dec 4 2009 9:24PM

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