This probably was the first one of its kind interaction that fans and filmmakers have ever had. The two groups got together for six open house sessions on topics ranging from the evolution of cinema, its history and future, and more at the Cine Bahastalab 2012, held over the weekend.
The two-day event, organised by Mohalla Live in partnership with HT to mark 100 years of Indian Cinema, was held at the Scope Auditorium, near Lodhi Road. Around 19 filmmakers including Anurag Kashyap, Chandraprakash Diwedi, Sudhir Mishra, Hansal Mehta, Abhishek Sharma and lyricist Swanand Kirkire were present.
Day 1 of the gala began with the question, why doesn’t our cinema make movies on villages?
Blaming faulty marketing policies, Diwedi said, “Until a big and powerful star like Aamir wears a dhoti or goes to a village, people won’t see it.”
Kirkire added, “Corporates (read big studios) don’t want to take risks, and don’t even know how to do business; if they knew they wouldn’t have kept a film like Paan Singh Tomar waiting in the cans for over one-and-half years.”
Kashyap, on the other hand, said, “Films can be made on villages but who will watch? After all, a villager also wants to see Katrina Kaif and not his own life on the big screen.”
On Day 2, the discussion was all about Indian cinema’s agenda for the next 100 years.
Mishra said, “Why 100, there will be huge changes in the next five years itself. 3D and animation is already up for grabs. Also, filmmakers will now make films for filmmakers and not just audiences.”