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Media has limited Indian cinema to Hindi films: Kasarvalli

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A file picture of eminent film director Girish Kasaravalli. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy.
The Hindu A file picture of eminent film director Girish Kasaravalli. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy.

Renowned Kannada filmmaker Girish Kasarvalli says it is the “tragedy of the Indian film journalism” that they think cinema in the country is limited to Hindi movies.

“Three years ago, Shaji N Karun’s film (Malayalam) was shown in Cannes but we forgot that,” Mr. Kasarvalli told reporters during an interaction at International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2012 in Panaji.

The national award winning director was critical of the way Indian film journalism has been covering cinema.

“This is a tragedy with Indian film journalism. They think Indian cinema is limited to Hindi films,” Mr. Kasarvalli said.

“The film by Q (Kaushik Banerjee) was shown in Berlin. Did we speak about it? We didn’t,” he further said, adding that few Hindi movies going for the festivals make big news.

Since Hindi films are a product of the industry, they market it using all mediums including television channels.

“That is something a filmmaker making films in regional languages can’t get,” he said.

However, all the hype does not affect the regional industry. “Has it affected Malayalam industry? Has it affected Telugu industry? Tamil and Telugu film industry have their own market and they are developing their own market in a different way,” the director said.

Mr. Kasarvalli’s ‘Kurmavatara’ is being screened at IFFI 2012.

India cinema is projected as Hindi cinema even in IIFA , Filmfare and many more awards which are conducted outside India. Also, the Central Govt. provides grants to institutions (Film Chamber, Drama School etc) which indirectly promote Hindi movies since they are bound by law to promote Hindi.
Why is DD National having program only in Hindi, why cant it produced in Hindi and be dubbed into respective languages for transmission?
Its a problem of media and central government alike.

from:  Harsha
Posted on: Nov 28, 2012 at 10:12 IST

More the influence of hindi in any state, will over throw regional cinema from that state. IT is natural..

from:  James
Posted on: Nov 27, 2012 at 14:12 IST

Not just films but everything around films and art is covered with a step motherly treatment. Lataji and Rafi saab are legends no doubt .. but in what way are S.Janaki and SPB less? Why are they never spoken in the same vein. Was the death of Bismillah Khan and MS Subulakshmi evenly covered? Are Dileep kumar and Sivaji ganesan appreciated equally? Today by the sheer weight of their expertise, technicians have managed to break this bane but have still been able to do so only by working in Hindi films, otherwise who recognized RaviKChandran earlier?

from:  Muralidaran
Posted on: Nov 27, 2012 at 13:37 IST
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