Manipal, Oct 30, 2015 : Addressing the inaugural of the three-day Manipal International Film Festival organised by the students of School of Communication, Manipal University, at Manipal on Oct 29; Noted filmmaker Kundan Shah said that films were now being considered as a product instead of a work of art.
Filmmaker Shah said his film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro would never have been made if there was no National Film Development Corporation, which financed and produced the film. He said he was inspired by Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. He had learnt more about films from Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films including Anand and Baawarchi .
He mentioned, “When I used to walk out of the theatre after watching these films, my feet were not on the ground. I used to be filled with enthusiasm and euphoria. These films taught me more than many text books,” Stating that Pather Panchali was a path-breaking film, he said Ray had to struggle a lot to produce it. The West Bengal government also helped him in bringing out the film by providing some funds.
Without Pather Panchali , there would have been no Satyajit Ray, no new-wave cinema and no Film and Television Institute of India, how important a role the State plays. But now the corporate business had taken over the film sector. The unspoken dictum in Hollywood is that a film is a product and no more an art. That was the reason behind producing the Avegners and Iron Man film series. While the series might have stopped, even now the toys of Iron Man were getting sold. Another dictum is no film should have a mental age of more than 10 years so that it appealed to the widest spectrum of people.
Shah said the cost of producing a film was now high. But there were ways to cut down costs. Film making has gone digital. It is now more democratic. Good films inspire, become text books and food for the mind.
Corporate filmmakers were only interested in the balance sheets. They are not interested in lives and the effect of these films on children.