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How are Hindi Films Addressing Mental Health Stigma


Cinema has always played an important role in our lives. They hold a mirror to the society and try to be bring about a change by addressing real-life issues and various social aberrations.   

Mental health is one issue that is still fighting a lot of stigma to try and get societal acceptance. Innumerable films have been made on the subject and directors have done justice by portraying it with great sensitivity. Present-generation directors are putting their creativity to test to break monotony and stereotypes and give the subject a fresh outlook.     

In a chat with Entrepreneur India, Pune-based psychiatrist and noted theater and film actor Mohan Agashe discussed how Hindi films are creating awareness on mental health issues and what more needs to be done.  The actor feels that cinema can only depict reality in a way that no other medium can.

“Films are perhaps the only medium that directly penetrates the unconscious and the subconscious alike. It can help you develop a learning attitude. A film has the power of the visual and audio. Depending on how you make it, it could be an inspirational film or an informative film or a film which makes you think. To me, a good film is one where the screening finishes and thinking begins in your mind, which doesn’t end. A bad film is where after 10-15 minutes, you start thinking what you are going to do after the film,” said Agashe.

The real education and awareness has to happen at a more personal level, he added.  

With the Internet as the most powerful tool in our lives today, youths are embracing the digital storytelling medium. Aghase elucidated how has digital technology made it possible to express in language, rather than mere words.  

“There is going to be an information overload. So now you really have to know what you want. Earlier, you were open to experiences in life because there was some kind of accommodativeness. But now you have too much information around.  If you decide to get all the information, you will die under the weight of it. So you must know which is a reliable information,” he stressed.

Source of news : Entrepreneur

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