Aamir Khan, who is known for making socially revenant movies like LAGAAN, TAARE ZAMEEN PAR etc has expressed his concern over the derogatory content being dished out by filmmakers for the children.
Speaking at the annual FICCI Frames event in Mumbai he said, "If you look at our children's content, it's almost negligible, and the little that I see is very scary. It scares me to see the kind of children's content they are making.”
The FICCI Frames was attended by Bollywood personalities like Kamal Haasan, Chairman, FICCI MBEC South, and Ramesh Sippy, Co-Chair, FICCI Entertainment Committee etc.
Lamenting at the falling standards of virtues and honesty among children Aamir pondered, “Today, unfortunately, we are in a time where dishonesty is looked upon. How do we bring in a quality that people can admire?" “Nevertheless it is high time we as a creative industry or media understand our responsibility in building the nation and transform the younger generation,” he advised.
Aamir Khan’s concern is worth pondering because in recent times the whimsical world of children films has practically vanished with just a few exceptions like TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, STANLEY KA DABBA or BHOOTHNATH because film producers claim that children films don’t have a commercial angle.
However a look at some of the great all time hit children films like BOOT POLISH, DOSTI, GHAR GHAR KI KAHANI, PARICHAY, HATHI MERE SATHI, KUWARA BAAP etc it can be concluded that whenever a good children film has been made it has not only done good business but done extraordinary business.
It’s not that just 60’s and 70’s witnessed some good children movies. Even in the 80’ and 90’s there have been good children films like CHOTA CHETAN, MASOOM, MR. INDIA, ANJALI, HUM HAIN RAHI PYAAR KE etc.
Further with MADKEE, IQBAL, KOI MIL GAYA, THE BLUE UMBRELLA etc doing brisk business at the box office it is crystal clear there is enough space for children films but the key is how the filmmakers presented the subject.