The Theatre Wolves: When will we unlearn?

In an era dominated by foldable smartphones and portable home theatres, the traditional culture of watching cinema in theaters has evolved into a visual culture of mobile theaters, gaining significance for individual viewers.

The Voyeuristic Culture

The term “voyeur” is specifically used to denote individuals who enjoy watching abusive adult videos and films on their phones in the faint light of the night. Ironically, many of these individuals, who belong to this group, present themselves as flag bearers of tradition in broad daylight.

Contradictions in Adult Cinema Consumption

Voyeurs of adult cinema predominantly rely on their personal phones and laptops for a ‘good’ night. Interestingly, they show no remorse while consuming explicit content, yet cringe and protest during kissing scenes in theaters. The root of this contradiction raises questions about group dynamics and maintaining a cultural image.

The Duality of Group Dynamics

The group setting in theaters seems to trigger a need for vigilance in preserving a social image, leading to howling and protests against certain scenes. However, when these individuals watch adult content alone, they not only remain silent but also attempt to be as discreet as possible.

Addressing the Perception Discrepancy

The question arises: Should the shift be away from traditional cinema theaters, or should individuals unlearn certain ideologies and become more aware of their social space to avoid intruding on others? The responsibility lies with us, the consumers, to determine the necessary changes and find a solution to this perception discrepancy.

Learning starts from home

Fostering a Solution: A Futuristic Approach to Parenthood

In the wake of recurring rape cases, it becomes evident that a critical catalyst lies in childhood and parenting issues. Criminals, including rapists, often display underlying problems with their self-perception and parenting. The key to addressing this pervasive issue lies in a forward-thinking approach to raising our children.

Educational Empowerment at Home

Acknowledging that what’s done is done, the focus should shift to a proactive strategy — educating our children comprehensively. Both boys and girls should receive guidance on various aspects, from puberty and bodily changes to the complexities of physical relationships. This educational approach should extend to understanding gender dynamics, embracing the queer community, and instilling respect for individual space.

Nurturing Bloom: Thiruchelvan and Indira’s Example

Taking inspiration from exemplary parenthood, such as Thiruchelvan and Indira in Mani Ratnam’s “Kannathil Muthamittal,” parents should be open and honest with their children. Thiru and Indra’s decision to reveal Amutha’s adoption demonstrates a commitment to her cultural, social, and moral responsibilities. This futuristic parenting style ensures that children are aware and alive to each moment in their lives, fostering self-awareness rather than forged identities.

Accepting Sexuality as a Natural Aspect of Life

Addressing the discomfort around sexuality, particularly in cinema, is crucial. Sex is a fundamental human necessity, akin to food, water, clothes, and shelter. Encouraging a healthy attitude towards sexuality involves accepting it as an integral part of life. Rather than cringing at on-screen depictions, fostering an understanding of the aesthetics of lovemaking in art is essential. This acceptance should extend to children, allowing them to appreciate the artistic aspects without judgment.

Embracing Art and Aesthetics

Cinema serves as a mirror reflecting the diversity of human emotions. It is an art form that captures the nuances of life. The portrayal of lovemaking on screen should not evoke cringing or howling but should be appreciated as a depiction of a basic human need. By embracing art as art and allowing children to experience and understand its aesthetics, we contribute to a more open and accepting society.

In conclusion, the solution lies in proactive, educational, and open parenting that fosters awareness, self-acceptance, and an appreciation for the diverse aspects of life, including sexuality and art.

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Anjali Chakkoth
A traveller at heart, writing is my art. Love is my God and this world is my home. Music is the drug and Cinema is the flame.

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