To Cinema.

An ode to the art and the experience of consuming it.


What came into existence as a magical phenomenon, is now being used to marvel audiences with calculated measure. It is the one experience you keeping putting your money on, devoid of any kind of expectation.

You may have your own indulgences for walking into the hall, but the moment you get inside, you submit yourself as a clan, to the life on the screen. A clan that is here to roar for the forces you’ve chosen to empathise with. You’re here to be rescued from reality. To submit your purest self to a dream that’s hard to forget. This experience takes you through various walks of life, introduces you to worlds you’ll never be a part of. You get to see through people of all kinds of moralities. The surprises these experiences throw, can be educational, emotional, and inspirational. They can be the bridge you take to connect to someone in reality, like with Mia and Sebestian, or be the bridge that holds your reality, like Karthik and Jessie.

Associating the hall with life, the screen can be considered the biggest source of light even in the darkest of times. The infatuation with this experience will never cease to exist. It will sincerely provide the illusion of exploration, reaching the depths of all the imagination known to you. And what you’ll discover here, could be the cornerstone of the drive that keeps you going in real life. You may obsess over the findings, sink in to the feels, and let the pieces of fiction grow over you. And this very experience, is notoriously known to produce absolutely divisive reactions from all quarters. We keep learning from the resulting debates.

Every time you “re-watch” this experience, it feels different, because it’s a different ‘you’ watching it. This is magic that goes beyond the science of the medium. The associations and impact this experience called “CINEMA” has, evolves over time, just like you and I do!

You’ll come to realise that Cinema imitates life …far more than life imitates cinema. That’s the basis of its importance. So I’d sign off by saying, here’s to uncovering more parallels…


The above words became the script for this video essay:

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