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Language barrier keeping regional films away from us: Bollywood

New age filmmakers and stars from the Bollywood today said that they were not into the habit of watching regional films as most of them do not come with subtitles.

regional movies Updated: Nov 25, 2011 17:02 IST

New age filmmakers and stars from the Bollywood today said that they were not into the habit of watching regional films as most of them do not come with subtitles.

"I can't watch Marathi film in the absence of sub-titles. I don't want to waste time watching a film I don't understand. I must say I am guilty of not watching non-Bollywood Indian films," director Zoya Akhtar said during a 'knowledge session' at Film Bazaar of IFFI today.

Actor Abhay Deol, who has made a name for himself with films like Dev D and Road Movie, said, "I don't watch Punjabi movies. My Punjabi is also not that good."

Deol, who has worked with Akhtar in her film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, said that the sub-titling could help fetch more audience to regional cinema.

Kalki Koechlin, Indian actor with French descent, however, said that Anurag Kashyap (her husband) drags her to see Marathi films.

Referring to Marathi movie Gandh, she said that the film was really excellent and she liked it. "I really enjoyed watching Marathi films. It is something that should be more accessible," she added.

The issue of new generation filmmakers watching regional films was raised during the Knowledge Session by one of the audience.

IFFI 2011 is being held in Goa from November 23 to December 3 in which 350 films are screened. Film Bazaar is the concept by National Films Division Corporation (NFDC), which is a business to business platform for the filmmakers and buyers.