Spotlight Movie Review And Spotlight shown over Indian Jounalism

Spotlight arrives on a time in our country when people are thinking about Freedom of Expression in India. As recent events are unfolding we have been witnessing a rise in voices for the right to speech and a right to express our thoughts, Spotlight does exactly that, it brings certain points in a ‘spotlight’ and leave you thinking as the credits roll. If You want to skip the review you can, because I have another important thing to discuss about the importance of Journalism and Indian Journalism. But first, Review:

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Spotlight directed by Tom McCarthy stars Mark Ruffalo , Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams. The movie follows true events regarding a team of reporters working in a special investigation team called spotlight who works in investigation journalism. They uncovers a few facts on few members of Clergy or make that around 90 Priests who had allegedly sexually molested children aging around 10 or 12. They uncovers a major scandal running deep in the law and cardinal, but are they the real culprits?

Tom McCarthy with Josh Singer has written and researched a perfect Script for a movie which has a documentary feel lingering in the shadows. We can not say anything about the screenwriter who wrote the emotionally moving Pixar’s UP, Tom McCarthy knows how to write emotions and he does a pretty decent job in Spotlight, regarding slow pace, the movie is based on real life events and the story spans years, so the story seems slow paced sometimes.

The best thing about Spotlight is the realistic way the movie is made, the characters seems genuine with them showing genuine emotions and pretty well acted roles. The Script is so well crafted that it holds from the very first scene to the last when you are left to procrastinate on your purpose in the place as a critic. How can I critic a movie which is a critic of itself and the horrifying incidents which took place in Boston in late 1900s.

As someone in a movie Board said perfectly and i quote ‘Spotlight is the best horror movie of 2015’, the horrors filled in Spotlight are much more personal than any other horror movie, what is the chance of you getting a haunted Doll, or chance of you being caught up in a terrifying forest alone in the night-Very Remote. But the chances of something like that shown in  spotlight happening to you are quite high and that very thought is disturbing and terrifying in itself. The very thought of the people who we trust and share our confessions with, the people who we have faith in will turn out to be monsters in disguise is a terrifying thing and more than 1000 cases were recorded in Boston at that time.

Mark Ruffalo in Aforementioned Monologue

The one who shines on the ‘spotlight’ in Spotlight is Mark Ruffalo, he takes the character of the investigative reporter Mike Rezendes, he makes the character his own and fills it with panache and brilliance, his facial expressions are perfectly oriented and dialogue delivery works well, a scene involving him and character of Michael Keaton in the starting where they are sitting and discussing a case has the best acting of last year, the pauses they take in their faces and the way they look at each other while delivering the dialogues speaks for itself. Around the end, as Ruffalo gives a power packed and emotional Monologue, I was moved at a level where I do not reach usually. All the other cast was perfect and complete and they did excellent work. Mark Ruffalo should receive his Oscar for the role.

To End this let me quote from the movie, “It takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse them.” The people who turn the blindside to wrong doings occurring throughout the world are also equally guilty of those wrongdoings, Open Your eyes and look onto the world.

The Movie is probably the best of this year, and it surely will get 10/10

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Article 19 of Constitution of India states :

  • All citizens shall have the right –
    1. to freedom of speech and expression;
    2. to assemble peaceably and without arms;
    3. to form associations or unions;or co-operative societies;
    4. to move freely throughout the territory of India; [Source 1]

The right to freedom of expression is recognized as a human right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 of the ICCPR states that “everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”.[source 2]

It is our fundamental right to express our feelings, and hold opinions, democracy in its deeper and purer form is in itself run by people of country. The definition of democracy which we were taught in schools and was given by the great Abraham Lincoln , is the government of the people, by the people and for the people. A Democracy can’t be run without the intervention from the people, if we won’t be able to question the Government’s decision on a public level, the decision making process involved in running a democracy is harmed at its very basic level. And I am very sorry to say, that is where we are heading. We In India are the inhabitants of the biggest democracy in the world and we are an example for the whole world how a democracy  should be run.

Suppressing the voice of youth will not lead us anywhere in long run, we have been observing this throughout recent times, The big leaders of the country has been suppressing voices which are rising throughout the country, but let us not talk about it.

Ravish Kumar’s Episode of Prime Time Mentioned below (Translated as This Darkness is the Image of Recent Media)

Spotlight shows the importance of true power of investigation Journalism, if the journalist of our country can work hard enough we can reach far and break a lot of ground. But instead of that we witness blind Journalism in our country, recently a leading Hindi Journalist took social media by a storm, he took everyone in his Prime Time Show to the deep dark abyss of Journalism, he turned off the Television screen to darkness and then tried to prove a point by just letting the viewers to listen, listen to the anger in the voice of the journalists , listen to the fire burning in their throats. Is it correct? Is this how our Journalists should work?

A Journalist should never be biased, the ‘Media Bias’ which we can witness and feel in our country many times is harmful for our Democracy’s future. Media holds a powerful position in any country’s system, it holds a power to sway the masses by their views on political topics. Journalist throughout the world follows “Media Ethics” To Summaries these ethics and codes let me quote Preamble to code of ethics of Society of Professional Journalists of USA :” …public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility.

Recent trend of journalism of shouting and fighting during the debate has broken the code of ethics for Journalism, this does not lead to viewers understanding both sides, this leads to a birth of bias in the viewer’s mind whose seeds are sown by the journalists. The News Debates serves a purpose and a place to put the opinions from both sides for and against the law or government, shouting in the debates on a particular side leads to the breaking of the very essence of debates.

It is a time to take a step back for Journalism in India and think about their purpose in the broader goal of a democracy.

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Bibliography

  • Source 1 : Article 19 Constitution Of India
  • Source 2 : Wikipedia Article on Right to Freedom of Speech

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