‘There is no dearth of good stories to choose from for films’
DHARWAD: “It is a pity that the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce is seeking subsidy for remaking films in Kannada,” film director P. Sheshadri has said.
He was participating in an interaction on “Modern cinema: challenges” at the Vidyavardhaka Sangha here on Sunday.
Mr. Sheshadri, who has directed many new wave-genre films in the last eight years, said that such a demand was nothing but “intellectual poverty.”
The interaction was part of the “Dharwad Samskrutika Janotsava” organised by Aavishkar, the All India Democratic Youth Organisation and the All India Democratic Students Organisation.
“In a State that takes pride in having seven Jnanpith awardees and innumerable writers, there is no dearth of good stories to choose from for films. It is really disheartening to note that the Chamber is seeking subsidy for films made by copying from other languages,” he said. Mr. Sheshadri said that the medium of cinema had not just remained a medium of art. It had penetrated into households and influenced normal life.
“However, mainstream cinema is under the clutches of market forces. And it is difficult to expect expression of social concern from such films driven by market forces”, he said.
Commenting on the present trend in Kannada films, Mr. Sheshadri said that “love and rowdyism” had become inseparable parts of present-day films. “It is the film goer who has to decide whether they want to accept films with stale ideas copied from other-language films or films with new ideas and new treatment of subjects”.
Director B.S. Lingadevaru spoke on how films as a medium had influenced society and family life. He also elaborated on why good films in many cases never reached the viewers.
B.R. Manjunath, State convener of Aaavishkar, explained how market forces had destroyed many of the good films with social messages. While, answering queries from the participants, the directors explained how difficult it was to get theatres for screening off-beat films and how it was economically unviable. Mr. Sheshadri that the “Chitra Samaj” experiment in Kerala had succeeded in promoting new wave cinema and wondered whether it could be reciprocated in Karnataka. Forming of small groups of people with similar interest would go a long way in promoting new wave cinema, he said.
Mr. Lingadevaru said that “Chitra Samooha” had been formed in the State, under which new wave films were being screened for a week at a particular place. AIDYO State secretary Ramanjanappa Aldalli said that his organisation would come forward to arrange for regular screenings of such films, if groups of individuals showed interest.
Ramachandra Kulkarni, Rajashekhar Bashetty and Shivalila were among those who participated.