Eradicating Malefic Effects of Cinema On Society
It is a great boon to India that Health Ministry of India, is very aggressive on different aspects in which cine industry on not to disturb the fine health of the nation and its citizens. The latest compelling move is from Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, Health Minister of India keen on bringing a blanket ban on any screening in Indian movies which has smoking in it. Perhaps the most impressive interview with him was in CNN-IBN sometime the previos week, where was very stubborn and aggressive over his AntiSmoking campaign. You can see the full-length interview between Karan Thapar and Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss in Devils’ Advocate over here.
It is really heartening that even when Karan Thapar tried to compare India ban with America (which has also not banned smoking), he just replied that he is concerned about his motherland (India). Two quotes from his interview.
Anbumani Ramadoss: Why do you say America? We are living in India. I am not bothered about America. I have to save my citizens here.
Anbumani Ramadoss: I am talking about India here.
Karan Thapar: You say that, in fact, smoking in films encourages the young to do so. In which case, how do explain the fact that with the possible limited exception of Thailand, just one country, no other country in the world has banned smoking?
Anbumani Ramadoss: Wait and see what happens in five years.
I think Health Ministry should go ahead and try to convince thier counterparts in Industry Ministry and Ministry of Finance in offsetting the revenue hitch that might be encountered due to blanket ban of smoking in Films. It is impressive that to bring this ban, they are even trying to lure Shah Rukh Khan to campaign against smoking.
Looking back at the history of Anbumani Ramadoss, he is the son of Dr. Ramadoss, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) Leader in Tamil Nadu. The credit of giving a great national cause oriented son to India goes to Dr. Ramadoss. As Thirukkural says,
|Magan thanthaikatrum udavi ivan thanthai ennotran kol enum sol …|
The society really respects Ramadoss and looks high for the greatest national cause services that his son renders for the society. Similarly, it would be great, if other ministries like Information and Broadcasting work with them to eradicate bad scenes like glamor and obscenity. I think erring producers and cinema theaters should be ruthlessly imprisoned under ‘Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986‘.