Preaching in Cinema has a very long history from the times of M S Krishnan and MGR itself. They utilized cinema as a medium through which they could deliver a pinch of human values to the audience. This also took shape in the form of political ambitions that in some way or the other benefited some of the hero’s political careers too. Preaching has always stood good as an excellent attractive factor for some audience. But, considering the recent trends in Tamil cinema with regards to preaching, we wonder if the filmmakers are overdosing the audience with complete preaching in their films. Also, it seems like many filmmakers are taking in preaching in their films solely in the perspective of making money. This is why many of us think whether preaching is good for cinema?
There are two significant things that has to be considered in order to answer this question. First thing is that, preaching can be irritating to some sections of audience but some might like to watch it on screen. So, it basically depends on the standards of a viewer. Another is that, through preaching, there are possibilities that many important things that needs immediate limelight can be lit upon the screen. These are the reasons why preaching could be necessary to us.But, Let me talk to you about two separate ways of preaching for better perception.
Direct & Indirect preaching
In the first type, the character in the film directly questions the people or the government on the concerned issue (mostly looking at the camera). Like,in the climax of Spyder and Mersal. This is what that has been done since years.
Indirect preaching is where a filmmaker makes usage of visuals so that the viewers are able to connect the corresponding scenes and perceive the intended message. Like in Kannathil muthamital and Viswaroopam or even in Aruvi. Indirect preaching demands immense understanding and depth knowledge of the issue.They are mostly explained in a very subtle manner stacked inside the core of the story. Indirect preaching is mostly not preaching. Did Kaaka muttai preach anything or what was the message in Aruvi? The point here, is indirect preaching doesn’t preaches. It tries to make the audience emphathize about a particular issue. The film starts with the issue. The hero will be the issue.
But, unfortunately many filmmakers that look at it as a money making option are incorporating direct preaching material into their films without complete understanding and proper research of the issue! This is definitely an unhealthy part of preaching. These can be given the name of half-baked preaching too. These hamper down the movie watching experience. It’s more like they use it for the sensationalism that the issue possess in itself. So, Indirect preaching is what filmmakers could make use of for the greater good of cinema!