Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Of Movies and TV Serials

It is impossible to watch a complete movie in TV because of the frequent commercial breaks. I have watched many movies but could not watch even one movie from the beginning to the end.

The local movies that they come to show from time to time in makeshift theaters were so amateurishly made that it is hard to watch it till the end, or even if one miss the major part of the movie one can make out the whole story, indicating that there is repetition in the storyline. Too much of flash back is best avoided. It might have happened fifteen years back in movie but for the audience it had happened just couple of minutes back and they won’t forget that scene.

Directors must take a cue from the Indian serials. The Indian serials have a conflict, climax, anticlimax, and resolution within 30 minutes. Every episode is a story in itself contributing to the main story. The complete resolutions are avoided and the episode ends in climax always, thereby hooking the viewers until the next episode and the next and the next.

Without the cars being blown off, without the bloody fights, without any animations, without erotic scenes and with language barriers the Indian serials were able to keep most of our ladies and some men (who would not admit) glued on to it.

Bhutanese serials, oh! Lesser the comment the better it would be. Watching the Bhutanese serials one can visualize that the makers of the Bhutanese serials are having tough time filling the 30 mins slot, so they fill that up with scene of eating food or drinking tea. Perhaps when we were small child we used to think that the actors in the movies never eat food; so how do they survive? Our serials makers must be trying to answer that childhood question of ours.

Yeah! It is through taking baby steps that we learn to walk. And while our movie makers are doing that and learning how to walk, let us enjoy the ones who are already running without stumbling.

(How we wish that MC stops saying that the ‘time is running fast’ or ‘we are running short of time’ or ‘there is no time’. It is the responsibility of the MC to manage time well, so he should not try to put the burden on the viewers. Lack of proper rehearsal to end the program within the given time period would prompt him to look at the clock or watch and voice his worries too. Isn’t it?)

This is the feelings of a common viewer eagerly expecting and waiting for our film industry to improve and does not intended to demean their effort. It is through criticism and finding what are the requirements of the customers that one improve the products.