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Bollywood focus mars IFFI

The presence of Hindi film stars at the 36th IFFI has generated a fair amount of buzz, but not all delegates are happy with the increasing focus on Bollywood.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2005 12:43 IST

The presence of Hindi film stars at the 36th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)has generated a fair amount of buzz, but not all delegates are happy with the increasing focus on Bollywood.

"Indian cinema has two distinct cultures," says well-known Kerala film actor Ravindran. "Bollywood-style masala films represent one, while a more personal kind of regional cinema constitutes the other.

"When one is promoted at the expense of the other, things are bound to go haywire. It is rather sad that small Indian filmmakers are left to fend for themselves in the crowd."

One of the dominant themes of this festival has indeed been this Bollywood versus the rest debate although no clear answers have been found yet.

Ravindran, on his part, has taken the initiative to set up an Indian Panorama Pavilion at the festival to provide promotional and logistical support to low-budget films, especially those made by newcomers.

This year, the pavilion was inaugurated at the fag end of IFFI. "Next year, we will be up and running from day one," says the Malayalee actor, hopeful that the producers from the two dominant centres of non-conventional cinema - Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram - will come forward to support the initiative.

Sanjay Dutt and John Abraham, the stars of Sanjay Gupta's Zinda, fly in for the music launch of the film on Sunday. The festival had opened November 24 with a promotional binge for Pooja Bhatt's second film as director, Holiday. Halfway through the 10-day event, Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu spent a day in Goa for the world premiere of Prakash Jha's Apaharan.

First Published: Dec 05, 2005 12:29 IST