Seldom do we come across movies that entertain audiences while educating them. Here below are four supremely successful films that are distinctly directed towards supporting social causes. We briefly discuss why they are so important.
Nil Battey Sannata (2016)
Educate the girl child: Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Nil Battey Sannata reiterates the importance of educating the girl child. In a survey conducted by Save the Children, it is reported that only 14 in every 100 girls in our cities reach Class XII. While in rural India, only 1 in 100 reach Class XII. Based on school reports, the Ministry of Human Resources data reinforces that only 33% girls reach class XII. And a UNESCO study puts primary school attendance for girls at 81% and secondary school attendance at a mere 49%. This is a simple yet powerful indicator of our education system under-performing.
Hindi Medium (2017)
Right to education: The Right to Education (RTE) Act passed in 2009 plays a pivotal plot point in Saket Chaudhary’s Hindi Medium. Enacted on 4 August 2009 by the Parliament of India, it is also represents the ‘Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education’. It came into force on 1 April 2010 and makes education the fundamental right of every child. According to a recent UNESCO report, India’s illiterate population is the largest in the world.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017)
End open defecation: Co-produced by Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey, and directed by Shree Narayan Singh, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha takes on the age-old propaganda of open defecation. With 58% of our population practising it, no country in the world has more open defecation than India. An unpleasant act, it also leads to rape and disease. It is not only an emergency of public health and safety, but also of human dignity. Toilets must be demand-driven. Nowadays, brides will refuse to marry into families that don’t have a toilet. It is a movement nicknamed ‘No loo, No I do’.
Exercise your right to vote: Newton reiterates the strength of the constitution and the importance of your right to vote. In order to inflict any change, people have to be part of that change – such is the strength of our constitution and democracy. Unfortunately, we suffer from low voter turnouts across India. Amit Masurkar delivers the message of democracy in this ‘oscar-worthy’ film.
For the better of our ‘sabhyata’, we believe more filmmakers must use the power of cinema to tap important topics and spread awareness about such pressing matters. While storytelling is a strong medium to influence and educate audiences, it is imperative that the people of India take heed and help achieve socio-economic progress.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped