Yesterday I watched Everest. Irrespective of what critics say, I liked the movie. The one thing which captured my attention is the ability to fight and survive in a completely hostile environment. Gravity is another movie which reminds me of the same. These movies shows us the power of human perseverance by their captivating story-telling and imagination.
Watching movies has been a part of my life since school days and now I have grown so fond of them that I feel I can’t survive without them. As a child I used to see many Bollywood movies, regional movies in TV and it was a means of passing time. I remember watching my first English movie, Godzilla when I was studying in class six. I didn’t understand a thing except the fact that a big reptile was creating havoc in a big city. But as I grew, I began to realize this stunning world of cinema, its creativity and the ability to mesmerize us and transport us to their amazing world. I became hooked to movies while I was studying engineering and now I get profound joy and satisfaction in watching some of the evergreen ones. It’s not that I don’t enjoy watching Bollywood movies. I do enjoy watching some of them, but I just don’t like to watch a movie for entertainment. I want more – I need my brain to react, I need to think and enjoy at the same time. I like watching the movies where you remain hooked to the screen, where you get awe stuck by the beauty of the landscapes and nature, where you are impressed by the creativity and use of technology, the reality and efforts put into making a movie.
So when people say don’t waste your time watching movies I don’t agree with them. Many say you won’t learn anything from watching movies all day long.
Let me tell them this – I have learned many things.
Romance is the one thing which can’t be portrayed anywhere better than in movies.
Titanic has that one scene that every movie and every couple adopts and imitates.
Bollywood has got SRK and he has kept romance alive in many many hearts.
Remember the liquid metal in Terminator 2:The Judgment Day shattering into pieces after touching Liquid nitrogen. I came to know about this property of liquid N2 in college.
Movies contributed a lot in helping me visualize space and astronomy.
- Light bending in all directions around a black hole, the view of a worm hole, black hole etc. (Interstellar)
- Breath taking view of space. The shuttle re-entry to Earth. (Gravity)
- Star Trek deals with many futuristic concepts related to traveling in space.
The beauty of our planet is quite evident
- in the series of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. (New Zealand).
- The magnificent views of Himalayas. (Everest)
- Be it Wall-e, Ratatouille or Frozen, every movie has touched me emotionally and yet they are very creative. (They are animated movie and yet they touch our hearts)
- The visuals of Avatar are stunning. The sets and the view entire Pandora was fantastic.
Don’t tell me I learned everything about History only by reading books.
- I came to know about the struggle Lincoln made for the emancipation bill only after watching Lincoln.
- Gandhi’s freedom struggle was elegantly shown in Gandhi.
- Be it any war movie, apart from the visual effects, a story is attached. I came to know about that story by watching movies. The drama, the politics and the depiction of various real life situations makes us think about the past. Troy, Braveheart, American sniper, Schindler’s List and many others are real stories.
You can watch and learn about human endeavor by watching movies. You can feel the emotions and grandeur of battles while movies like LOTR. Our mind is forced to think when it watches movies like Inception. We feel the love while watching Titanic or The Notebook.
So when somebody says that don’t waste your time sitting in front of laptop or TV, I say to them I am not wasting my time. I am observing so many things – of human behavior, of appreciating the beauty of my planet and universe, of expanding the wings of my mind so that it can think and wonder.
I feel relaxed and love spending time in watching movies…
©2015 Amrit. All rights reserved.