Positive climate for growth of parallel cinema: Bauddhayan Mukherji


Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 7: This is the right climate for the growth of parallel cinema-filmmakers in India, Bengali director Bauddhayan Mukherji said at a Press Meet held at Tagore Theatre – the main venue of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) today.

Sharing his experience of being a director of parallel cinema, Bauddhayan, along with the Pakistani Director Jamshed Mahamood Raza, said “Over a couple of years, we are in the throes of independent film making.”

He also noted that the germ of his story in the movie, Violin Player is based on a true incident of a Session Violin player. “Unlike the Bollywood or main stream film makers, we do not make any ‘massy’ films, but movies on the marginalised people irrespective of whether people accept it or not”, Bauddhayan added.

He also reinforced the necessity of making political movies which should make audience think. “Cinema is not just entertainment. I believe that a good movie should be a brainstorming one and make one think,” he said.

Addressing the media during his first tryst with IFFK, the Bengali director said that these festivals, along with theatrical and digital releases abroad are their main source of revenue as their movies do not make profits from the theatres due to tough competition from mainstream movies.

“At least I should recover the money I have spent on the movie, let alone the profit. Hence people like me need a lot of support from the alternate medium. If an online channel that telecasts the movies screened in film festivals come up, I feel that it would be a source of revenue for us,” he said.

Bauddhayan also praised Maharashtra government’s decision to set aside a few days for exclusive screening of Marathi films and said that the same should be implemented in West Bengal and other states in India.

Speaking on the occasion, Jamshed Mahamood Raza (popularly known as Jami) also agreed with Bauddhayan’s views and said that making a movie is easier than distributing it. 

Jamshed’s movie Moor (meaning mother, yet another movie, which is loosely based on a true incident) is one of the movies at the competition section at the festival. It tells the story of Balochistan railway system and also depicts the importance of a woman in the society and how families are run by them.

“Bollywood is the soul of Pakistani movies,” Jamshed said. When asked about censorship issues in Pakistan, he said that anything other than the mention of Pakistan army and India-Pak war in 1971 is accepted and not censored in their country.

Malayalam Director K M Kamal, who also participated in the press meet said that digital screening of movies would be a good platform for parallel cinemas. 

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