Group Discussion on Effect of Cinema on Youth

Cinemas are for two and a half hours of entertainment - sometimes they require thinking and the rest of the time they are mindless visuals. They are an important part of our weekly entertainment, given that you are not into Netflix and Amazon Prime for series. Youth are most influenced by cinemas, adversely or favourably.

Below are some facts, quotes, GD topics and arguments to help you form an opinion and answer for Group Discussion on Effect of Cinema on Youth.

Some facts about Effect of Cinema on Indian Youth:

  • It is estimated that about 14 million Indians go to the cinema every day, which equates to 1.4% of the entire population. They pay around a day's wage to watch a Bollywood film.
  • Bollywood produces around 1000 films every year which is almost double the output of Hollywood. This shows how much we prefer cinemas.
  • Indian youth are affected by cinemas the most as they copy dressing style, hairdo as well as personal habits of their favourite actors.
  • About 50% of the cinemagoers, mostly youth, are affected by what they watch in movies as compared to what they see in real lives.
  • Every year, accidents and incidents take lives when youth try copying stunts shown in movies without any professional supervision or training.
  • Violence in cinemas has adverse effect on youth who might either take it for an adrenaline rush or are disturbed by it.
  • Most cinemas that are meant to be watched with parental supervision are viewed by youth alone, leading to adverse effects on psychology.
  • Movies have contributed to controversies that have led to mob violence and communal tension in many regions.

Possible Group discussion topics on Effect of Cinema on Youth:

1. Effect of cinemas on youth - the good and the bad.
2. Cinemas are for pure entertainment and not for life lessons.
3. Youth are hardly affected by cinemas; they forget the movie in the week that follows.
4. Showing violence and bloodbath in Bollywood should stop.
5. Rape scenes should be banned in cinemas.
6. Censoring of cinemas has adverse effect on youth.
7. Sex education should be made compulsory before subjecting youth to mainstream cinemas.
8. Mainstream cinemas and soft porn are bad for youth.
9. Standing up for national anthem before every movie is unnecessary.
10. Corrupt cop image should not be flaunted in cinemas.
11. Cinemas are corrupting the minds of youth - Agree or Disagree?
12. Cinemas distract youth from studies and work.
13. Abusive slangs should not be used in cinemas.
14. Cinemas should come with a social message for youth.
15. Saudi lifting ban on cinemas is good for their youth.
16. Cinemas objectify women and this harms the way youth thinks.
17. Censor board is for Certification not Confiscation!

Some quotes that can be used in the above group discussions:

"One of the powerful temptations is that of the cinema palace. The cinema has undoubtedly an enormous attraction for boys, and people are constantly cudgelling their brains how to stop it. But it is one of those things which would be very difficult to stop even if it were altogether desirable."
- Robert Baden-Powell

Pros of Cinema:

1. Informative: Some cinemas are informative. Teaching the meaning and importance of life and living for the best that there is to every life on earth.

2. Entertainment: It is undoubtedly one of the most popular means of entertainment and youth are aware that it is the reel life and not the real life.

3. Awareness: Many movies are made to promote social awareness that were not very successful with other means.

4. Open-mindedness: Youth has to be open-minded. We cannot expect them to not know the dark side of life. We must allow them to know and understand what is good and what is not.

5. Meaningful: Some cinemas can be life changing experiences that can help a depressed person understand that suicide is not the answer.

6. Motivational: Cinemas like 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' or 'Mary Com' motivated a lot of young children to take up physical fitness seriously. It is the type of movies you watch that shape your mindset.

Cons of Cinema:

1. Violence: More popular in movies of the South but Bollywood too keep up with the pace of showing bloodbath and brutal killing as if it is a normal thing to do.

2. Lust: With no sex education to understand what is right and what is not, exposing to extra scenes of nudity and lust can be misleading.

3. Waste of time: Some youth are so addicted to movies that they do not miss even the lowliest rated ones.

4. Waste of money: Peer pressure takes over and even when they cannot afford it, youth manager to waste money on movie trips.


Effect of cinemas on youth are both good and bad, a large part of it depends on their own mental wellbeing and how they are educated at home and schools.

We hope that you found this GD guide on Effect of Cinema useful for your preparation for entrance exams and placements.