Friday, March 31, 2006

We need more theatre ethics!

I'm just back after watching one of the most sensitive gay love stories on celluloid. A slow, but moving story of how two cowboys fall in love and struggle to keep it going. Unfortunately I was unable to appreciate Ang Lee's Oscar-winning, picturesque film and was distracted (many a time) by a giggly audience. Some of the intense dialogues of love, heartbreak and passion were lost in a crowd that failed to accept that two men could be actually in love. Both men and women, alike, laughed, giggled and nudged eachother every time the men kissed, made love, hugged or caressed eachother.

It's but obvious that we, Indians, may claim to be open about homosexuality but we haven't matured enough to understand and empathise with the emotions of homosexuals. We would rather ridicule their emotions by laughing and believe that such relationships are fictitious. So while I was straining to listen to some of the most beautifully written dialogues, people sitting around me, chomped their snacks & chatted with their friends on cell-phones.

So why didn't these people just walk out of the hall if they didn't like the film? Is it -- a. because they had no where else to go; b. because they didn't get tickets for another film; or c. they'd watch any film that wins an Oscar. ? Do these people actually come to the theatre to watch films? Or is film watching just another form of socialising? Aren't coffee-shops, restaurants and parks meant for that? On a more serious note, do people read about the film before entering a hall? Well, if they did, then a 'narrow-minded' crowd wouldn't ruin my ride on the Brokeback Moutain.
This is a humble request from an ardent fan of cinema, the next time you go for a film, find out what it's about before venturing into the hall and if you can't then walk out if you don't like/understand a film. Don't sit around and ruin it for people (like me) who genuinely enjoy good cinema.


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