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Like in all arts, films need not necessarily have a social message. Take Satyajit Ray's "Charulatha" for instance. It does not contain any visible social message but, like all great works of art, it draws attention to a human predicament. After all, what is art? It is a reflection of one's creative genius. But I would like to add that this does not mean that there is no space for social activism in cinema. It is an ideal medium to engineer or communicate a point of view. A fitting example would be the Russian classic "Battleship Potemkin", which talks about the Russian Revolution or closer home, any of Mrinal Sen's classics. One must understand that in today's society much of what is considered "right and wrong" has been crystallised by cinema across a period of time. So, one should not forget that films definitely have a social impact because depiction of a human being is always in context to his relationship with society. Therefore, film makers should not communicate overt or covert/oblique messages that are socially regressive or have a retrograde effect on any section of society - depiction of educated women as bad or vile or showing eve-teasing as an acceptable form of college behaviour.P. Unnikrishnan
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