The art of filmmaking is quite a vast concept that isn’t bound to any of the known boundaries as such to the mankind. When it comes to expressing your thoughts in a film, these thoughts when described in a more rationalising point of view gives more authenticity to perspectives and that’s when it becomes more matured. The depth of each character would have to be sketched out neatly for this authentic take of the story.
People say, Every story has two sides. True isn’t it? Some might agree with my views in this article and some might not. Yes, Two sides to my article! In a way, everything in this world has two parts whether it’s a positive or a negative, a for or an against! But do our films truly value this aspect to its fullest? Do we really consider the other side to a story the way we actually quote it? I am going to list out few of my observations on these questions in this article.
Villains aren’t given depth right?
Okay, Let me talk about on the concept of villains in tamil cinema. I feel that villains are always stereotyped or caricatured on a similar note in every film for some or the other reason. I feel they are often portrayed on a negative light not because it’s important for the story, but because of the sole purpose of showing the hero in a positive light! Why can’t our villains have a justifiable plot for his actions? Why is he given a role that helps in elevating the hero’s image? In a way, I feel they do not want the people to support him and stand by his side. They want the whole positive attention surround only our hero or the protagonist.
What happens in a Hero-driven plot?
Now this is an example of a story that’s totally a hero driven one. What happens is, they employ the hero of the film to take a center stage and weave out a story surrounding him and events accordingly. Well, this is where most of our films go wrong by depicting villains in a poor light to show how good our hero is. Is this really good strategy of writing a story as we aren’t considering the importance of any other characters of our story except for our hero! The best example for such a film would be motta siva keta siva (2017) that almost had the exact idea discussed above! This is when films tend to get a little over self-boasting ones.
What happens in a not so hero-driven, but an issue driven plot?
Okay, If at all people do not consider the hero as a central subject and bring out a sensational topic taking the centre stage for us. Like for example, If the filmmaker chooses the topic of the corruption in governing bodies as the centre plot of the film. What happens in our films (not all, but in most cases) is that we tend to order in events that are in favour of our objective of portrayal of corrupt government officials. Since, this kind of depiction is not fictitious and has something to do with our actual reality, one cannot eliminate the truth in it. Of Course, the truth is that there are corrupt police, but not all! When taking issues of this kind, one would’ve taken a neutral stance in order to deliver the story. By neutral stance, I mean the perspective of the governing bodies here.This also helps in explaining the situation from their side that paves way for more realism and honesty! If one doesn’t take a neutral stance and is partial on one side, One is being preachy here on the topic that he favours is what I feel!
Perspective of the Antagonist!
Take kavan for example, What I felt was that, since the core plot of the movie was based on the media and limelight was mainly on to show the other side of the media, it’s fairly necessary for us to talk about all the people in the media. I felt the movie on the whole could’ve taken a better rationalising stance. What I mean is that, it did not quite show us the perspective of the media on these issues for the major part. By media here, I mean the perspective of the antagonist. Like there might be some very practical reasons for their actions.These reasons might not be justifiable enough for the decisions undertaken by these characters,but by doing this, the authenticity of the story is not lost and there is a larger depth in the character which is of utmost necessity in a story!
One could always argue on the fact that what if my motive of the story was to deliver the bad side of the media which I achieved anyways at the end of the day. The answer is that, the authenticity of the story is lost and it’s just a one sided game where in you put forward events to portray what You want. It also means that one is just delivering a message that one wants to through his story. For delivering it, he goes to any kind of practices is the result.
How about letting the story take the Centre-stage!
Instead, letting the story take the centre stage will determine the events in it.This will lead to the story deciding who’s going to be the hero or the villain. In a way, that will lead the story to decide who is good or bad or who is going to win or lose! Not assisting any character in your film until your story gives it a nod paves way to the neutral stance. This means one would have to sketch out a character for your story, not a story for your character!