Indian cinema portrays contemporary culture

Patna: Lyricist Javed Akhtar has accepted that Indian mainstream cinema is larger than life and has successfully portrayed contemporary culture and concerns.

Speaking during a session on the second day of the three-day Global Bihar Summit-2012 on changing Bihar, Akhtar said the cultural renaissance does not happen only in a portion of society but in the entire society.

He said that language and speech are means of establishing mutual dialouge. He said it did not mean that he was against English language as it was also necessary for the people to know about it because it had reached a lot of benefits to the IT sector.

He also said if we made a list of villains of movies produced during the last sixty years we could write the entire socio-economic history of the country in this period.

In the 1940s the villain used to be the zamindar, in the 1950s the mill or factory owner was the villain, in the 1960s with the development of urban society, the villain used to be gangster, Akhtar who had scripted more than twenty movies with his partner Saleem, said.

From 1970s onward, police men and politicians started being portrayed as villains, he said.

Stating that without villains there can be no heros, the lyricist said, "We should understand that cultural renaissance doesn`t happen in just part of society, but the whole of it".

Star India CEO Uday Shankar, filmmaker Prakash Jha and Piyus Jha, actors Shekhar Suman, Neetu Chandra and Abhumanyu Singh also expressed their views on the topic.

Doordarshan director general Tripurari Sharan moderated the deliberations. Lord Meghnad Desai and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi were present among the audience.