Entertainment has the potential to improve representation at scale because of its mass appeal. Balanced representations of institutions could include presenting the problems of the judiciary, but also real-world examples of judicial officers, court clerks, and judges trying to improve the system from within. This may encourage citizens to be more empathetic as well as active in fulfilling their civic participation roles. It could leverage the potential for positive role-modeling through characters depicting honest citizens resisting bribes, or doing their civic duties and paying taxes.
Originally published on Anupama Chopra’s film review website Film Companion on 6th May 2019: https://www.filmcompanion.in/delhi-crime-netflix-india-show-police-force-research-mit-media-labs
Richie Mehta’s show balances the existing negative media narratives of the Indian police & catalyses empathetic conversations on their working conditions.
Originally published in the India Development Review on 14th March 2019: https://idronline.org/seven-ways-to-create-entertainment-with-impact/?fbclid=IwAR0eho-ZAjJJsdyh91ysn_izB0vMi_RXamFxcIlwNhfqWfKtvsOq0jW78Bs.
Communicating a message through entertainment can be difficult, because you have to be careful not to preach to the audience, while keeping them engaged with the issue at hand.