Farah calls out film fests for ig­nor­ing ‘massy’ films

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment -

Eight years af­ter it re­galed Bol­ly­wood au­di­ences with its song and dance se­quences, as well as its story about rein­car­na­tion, film­maker Farah Khan’s (right) Om Shanti Om was re­cently show­cased at the 37th Cairo In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (CIFF). The film­maker, how­ever, feels that “com­mer­cial or massy” films are largely looked down upon at film fes­ti­vals in In­dia. “When a for­eign film fes­ti­val hon­ours you, I think, for us in a way, they understand your movie. They get the busi­ness as­pect of your movie. But I think in In­dia, the or­gan­is­ers of film fes­ti­vals tend to look down upon com­mer­cial hit films,” says Farah.

The 50-year-old di­rec­tor’s com­ment only seems rel­e­vant af­ter vet­eran Ben­gali ac­tor Dhriti­man Chat­ter­jee, who has acted in films by au­teurs as iconic as Satya­jit Ray and Mri­nal Sen, ob­jected to Bol­ly­wood star Anil Kapoor’s ‘tapori dance’ at the In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val of In­dia (IFFI) in Goa.

Farah, who has made films like Main Hoon Na (2004) and Happy New Year (2014), says that it’s only ironic that “ac­tors and com­mer­cial film direc­tors” are in­vited to film ex­trav­a­gan­zas to draw foot­falls. “They (peo­ple at film fes­ti­vals) want to go for the niche high­brow in­tel­lec­tual films, but at the same time, they want the com­mer­cial ac­tors and direc­tors to come for the fes­ti­vals, as that’s what draws in the crowd and the press,” says Farah, who hopes that film fes­ti­vals in In­dia start show­cas­ing a mix of com­mer­cial and non-com­mer­cial films. “I think if they had a mix of both, it would be ideal... es­pe­cially if they did not ig­nore the good com­mer­cial movies,” she adds.

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