"While such scenes were merely for entertainment, some of our Indian
youths are so engrossed with their screen heroes that they
inadvertently, imitated them," he told Bernama here Tuesday.
According to Mohan, Chennai-based Tamil dramas shown over local
television stations were also beginning to show negative elements like
gangsterism as well, unlike in the past.
"(I find that) Most scenes in a Tamil drama serial depict negative
values...it is only towards the end of the story that positive values
are shown...by which time, the damage is done," he said.
As compared to old movies which normally reflected on good and positive
values, Mohan said that times had changed, with some top heroes taking
on the role of the villain.
He urged the censorship board to monitor such movies as elements of gangsterism were detected nationwide.
In a local daily Tuesday, Information Communication and Culture Minister
Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim was reported as saying that he would bring up
the issue of control over Tamil movies showcasing gangsterism, to the
Cabinet on Wednesday.
Echoing Mohan's views, senior lecturer S. Supramani of the University
Malaya's Faculty of Languages and Linguistics said the censorship board
should "not let Tamil movies depicting violence to be screened to the
He said the number of movies with negative elements like gangsterism were growing due to the increasing demand from audiences.
Supramani believed that Indian film directors would change the concept
in their storyline if the censorship board and public did not support
"If there is high demand from us, of course they (directors) will keep
on producing movies with violent scenes, all the time," he said.
At the same time, he noted that Tamil movies and dramas showed positive,
as well. Thus, the Indian community should only take the good values
and leave out the bad.
However, Tamil Youth Bell Club president K. Murali felt that there was
minimal impact from Tamil movies, in as far as contributing towards the
rise in gangsterism among Indians in the country.
"I am not denying its impact...but it's not really heavy because there
are still many Indian youths who do not imitate the actions, despite
frequently watching such movies.
"It all depends on a particular person...whether he wants to take the good or bad values," he said.
Murali also urged Indian youths to get involved in social activities and
non-governmental organisations for better job opportunities and
rewarding lifestyles for the future.
-- BERNAMAMarginalisation, not Tamil movies, the cause of violence
M Nadarajah (Malaysiakini) Oct 9, 2000