Legendary filmmaker Shyam Benegal feels that the much-talked about divide between commercial and alternate cinema has blurred, thanks to the ability to reach a widespread audience and also to the maturity of the audience in accepting different types of films.
“Earlier, there was an unfortunate divide between parallel and commercial cinema. But films are designed to entertain the audience. I feel the divide has blurred, now that the audience for these movies has matured. This is a good sign. The audience has become more accustomed to different films,” says Benegal. “Now, with the widespread reach of cinema, a film can be taken to the right audience,” he adds.
Benegal also feels that filmmakers have a responsibility to entertain. “Some films serve entertainment on a plate, while others have multi-layered content and may be a little difficult to appreciate. But, in the end, films should be entertaining, have a take-home quality and enrich you,” says Benegal, who was in the city to be part of an initiative by The Global Education & Leadership Foundation.
While the 78-year-old will begin work on two film projects next year, he is currently occupied with an interesting TV project. “I am making a mini TV series on the making of the Indian Constitution. The series tracks the period from 1946-1950 when the Constitution came into being,” he says.