IELTS Daily Speaking Topic – Speaking Part 3: Cinemas and Films (Follow-up Discussion)

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IELTS Daily Speaking Topic - Speaking Part 3: Cinemas and Films (Follow-up Discussion)

Discussion Topics

  • The Impact of Films on Society
  • Popularity of Different Film Genres
  • Cinema Experience vs. Home Viewing

Follow-up Questions

1. The Impact of Films on Society

Q.1. Can films bring about social change? Provide examples.

Ans. Yes, Indian films can bring a whole lot of social change. They have a vast reach and can influence the thoughts and attitudes of millions of people. For example, the movie called “Taare Zameen Par” raised awareness about dyslexia and the importance of understanding children’s learning techniques. Before this film, there was very little public understanding of this condition in India. Another example of this is “Pink”, which sparked conversations about consent and women’s rights. It challenged societal norms and made a strong case for women’s autonomy.


Q.2. Do you think films reflect reality or distort it?

Ans. Indian films can both reflect reality or distort it, depending on the genre and purpose. Personally, I’ve found that movies like “Dangal” and “Super 30” resonate deeply with me because they are based on real-life stories. These films accurately depict the challenges and triumphs faced by individuals in Indian society, highlighting real issues such as gender inequality in sports and the struggles of underprivileged students.

On the other hand, I’ve always enjoyed the exaggerated drama of Bollywood’s masala movies. Films like “Koi..Mil Gaya” and “Dabangg” are perfect examples. While they are highly entertaining, they often portray a distorted version of reality where the hero always wins against all odds in the most dramatic ways possible. Despite the unrealistic elements, these movies provide an escape and a sense of excitement that I find captivating. 

2. Popularity of Different Film Genres

Ans. In India, a wide variety of films are popular, but Bollywood masala movies, which are a mix of drama, romance, action, and music, tend to dominate. These films often feature larger-than-life characters, catchy songs, and elaborate dance sequences, which appeal to a broad audience. For example, movies like “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” are classics that continue to be loved by many. Apart from that, the regional cinema also has a significant fan following. For instance, Tamil and Telugu films are known for their unique storytelling and good action scenes. Movies like “Baahubali” and “KGF” have not only been blockbusters in their respective languages but have also gained popularity across the country.

Ans. Certain film genres are popular due to a combination of cultural preferences, social trends and the emotional connection that they have with the audience.  For example, the love for family dramas and romantic films goes back to the importance of family values and relationships in Indian cultures. Action films on the other hand, also provide an escape from reality by offering thrilling experiences.  The success of movies like “Dhoom” and “Singham” highlights the audience’s appetite for high-energy, adrenaline-pumping entertainment. So, the popularity of film genres is a dynamic phenomenon, shaped by cultural influences, societal changes, and the ever-evolving tastes of the audience. 

3. Cinema Experience vs. Home Viewing

Q.1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of watching films in a cinema compared to at home?

Ans. Watching films in the cinema offers a unique experience that is hard to replicate at home. One of the advantages is the immersive environment that it provides. For instance, watching blockbuster movies such as “Avengers: Endgame” in cinema allows you to fully appreciate the visual effects. Another advantage is the social aspect. Going to the cinema makes it a fun outing with friends and family and the shared experience of watching a film with a crowd can amplify emotions, whether it is laughter, suspense, or excitement. On the other hand, watching films at home offers great convenience and comfort. You can watch a movie anytime, pause it whenever it is needed and enjoy it in a relaxed setting. Home viewing is also cost-effective, especially with the availability of streaming services. 

Ans. I believe cinemas are popular, but their role might evolve. Despite the increase in streaming services, the unique experience of watching a film in a cinema can not be entirely replaced. The communal aspect and the immersive environment are significant draws that keep people coming back. Moreover, cinemas are adapting to changing times by offering enhanced experiences, such as IMAX and 4D screenings, which provide even more immersive viewing. Special events, like film festivals and exclusive premieres, also attract audiences. That said, the convenience and affordability of home viewing will continue to appeal to many. We will likely see a hybrid model where both cinemas and home viewing coexist, catering to different preferences and occasions. For example, while people might prefer watching a new blockbuster in a cinema, they might choose to stream a romantic comedy at home.

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