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Indian films need global vision: Ghai

Indian filmmakers should develop a global perspective if they want to become a part of world cinema, says Subhash Ghai.

india Updated: Jul 28, 2003 20:01 IST

Indian filmmakers have to get out of the local groove and develop a global perspective if they want to become a part of world cinema, says prominent producer-director Subhash Ghai.

"It is very important to understand that one has to have a global perspective for worldwide commercial success of any industry, including the entertainment industry," he said on the sidelines of a meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Ghai who represents the film industry in CII further said, "We have great talents, we also have great writers but we need to educate them to broaden their outlook." "If Indian film industry wants to compete internationally, they should try to meet up the expectations of international filmmakers," commented Ghai.

Ghai pointed out that India must have state-of-the art education institutions and film institutions.

"It is just not enough to have exceptional talents. Besides talented people, its essential to have world class technology and learning institutions, where all aspects of film making are taught," said Ghai.

He said India needs courses in film appreciation, film history and archival knowledge of Indian movies to get global recognition.

Ghai was not convinced that Chennai film industry was qualitatively ahead of Bollywood. There was too much emphasis on the "local" factor in the South, he said.

India is one of the largest producers of movies, but only handful of Tamil andTelugu films manages to recover their production costs.

First Published: Jul 28, 2003 19:59 IST