Are films really a reflection of the society? Or are they catalysts in bringing the desirable, and more often, the undesirable changes in the society?

The debate might have become aged and lost all its impact on the young debaters of India, but the question now hangs like a naked sword on innocent people’s necks!

The event that has triggered this debate is the recent terror attack in the cities of Bangalore and Ahmedabad. Investigations into the strategy and materials of the bomb blasts in these cities have discovered a very striking resemblance to the ones depicted in the recently released movie, Contract.

The director, Ram Gopal Varma is known to make movies that bring the dark realities of the underworld and terrorism to the foreground. But, it seems, this film has turned things the other way round. Instead of making the general public aware of the stark realities, it seems he has unknowingly inspired the terrorist groups through his film!

The main villain of contract, Sultan, outlines his plan of first setting off low-intensity explosions in crowded places, and then, when the injured throng the nearest hospital, triggering a much bigger blast at the hospital itself.

In Ahmedabad too, there were 19 relatively less lethal blasts at first and when the injured were rushed to the nearby hospitals, two deadly high-intensity explosions were set off at two hospitals – the Civil Hospital and the LG Hospital – that killed 27 people!

Could the terrorist group have been inspired by the plot of a film released barely 10 days before? Or is it just a mere coincidence that that the villains in the reel and the real world used the same strategy to ensure maximum harm to innocent people?

And if there is any connection between the film and the real attack, should the film makers be debarred from making such films about terrorism and the underworld that suggest violence?

Such answers, we all seek.

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