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Telly will mature with time: Neena Gupta
Shweta Thakur (Indo-Asian News Service)
New Delhi, January 02, 2006
First Published: 16:47 IST(2/1/2007)
Last Updated: 16:47 IST(2/1/2007)

Actress Neena Gupta, known for going against the tide in reel and real life, says that television will mature with time.

"Television portrays a relapsing image of women. Channels are earning huge profits out of these daily soaps. But it is just a matter of time. People will soon get bored and the trend will change.

Television is very young and I am sure it will mature with time", Neena told IANS in an interview.

The actress, who earned rave reviews for TV serial Saans and featured in films like Nazar and Amavas, wants to associate herself with realistic cinema, with which the audience can identify themselves.

Neena has made her mark as a producer and director as well and has quite a few good scripts in her kitty. But she can't roll them out because financers are not ready to take the risk.

"I believe in content driven cinema. I have subjects of films and serials but you have to face finance problems if you do not have big stars in the cast. Channels are afraid to show serials based on real issues. Everyone is not ready to take a chance in business."

She recently proved her acting prowess in Abhijit Dasgupta's telefilm "Devi" but says the experience of working in a Bengali film was taxing.

"I have studied in a Bengali school in Delhi. I was not using the language regularly hence I had to do the lines a little before. I had to put in some extra hard work as my grammar used to go wrong. It was a very tough role. But also one of the best roles I have enacted.

"When I was doing this film, I found that cinema is a medium that can transcend language, caste and religion barriers," said Neena.

"Devi" is the saga of a woman who gets abducted during partition and the film shows how a chauvinistic society marginalises women.

Neena is all praise for the director.

"The budget in which we made the film was meagre but Abhijit has conveyed the message beautifully despite the small budget."

The actress feels there is scope for small budget films and film festivals provide an opportunity to latent audiences to come out and show their Interest.

"It is celebration time for small budget films in the country but the purpose can be served only when people watch them. Film festivals nudge people to come out and watch films. These days most of the festivals serve good food and it lures audience.


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