In view of the ongoing protests against colour discrimination in the United States of America a lot of content has been pulled down across online streaming platforms. The reason being that, in the said content the people of colour have not been represented in line with today’s day and age. But then aren’t films supposed to reflect the times, the society they were made in? In my opinion films must be viewed from the perspective of the time they were made in and never from that of the present. The practices of the past might look obsolete or wrong even today. But in the times when they were practised, that was the right thing to do! Or at least that was what they believed. We must learn to view any creative work only as the child of the time it was made in. To ban something that seems obsolete or wrong in today’s world and wipe it off of history is denial at best, and not by any means constructive. The learnings from the World-Wars and their history continue to contribute to the way the world is run today. Denying the very occurrence of those wars will definitely paint a rosy picture of a world where man-kind has lived in eternal harmony, but will be of no better use. Similarly, film-making in itself is a process of documenting the times it is made in. It mirrors the global, political & social events that affect the way a society thinks, at that point in time. Hence, when we delve into the time when the film was made, rather than just looking at it as a story, there are a whole lot of things that we learn about ourselves.
(Translated by Amogh Patwardhan)