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‘Cinema should act as an agent of social change’

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It should espouse the cause of the underprivileged: Kasaravalli

Kannada film director Girish Kasaravalli speaking at an interactive meeting in Gulbarga on Saturday.
Kannada film director Girish Kasaravalli speaking at an interactive meeting in Gulbarga on Saturday.

Kannada film director Girish Kasaravalli has said that cinema has failed to discharge its social responsibility to act as an agent of social change.

Participating in an interactive programme, ‘Literature-Art-Cinema’, organised by the district Kannada Sahitya Parishat here on Saturday, Mr. Kasaravalli said cinema had a social responsibility to espouse the cause of the underprivileged. “We are misusing this media by projecting unwanted things, such as violence,” he said.

Cinema should adopt a visionary approach. Films made should benefit all sections of society, without harming anyone in the long run, he added.

According to Mr. Kasaravalli, a successful film was one that is not only seen but is also understood by its audience.

Art films

Art films should not be looked at from a commercial point of view, Mr. Kasaravalli said. It is a misconception that producers who invest in art films will only burn their fingers, he added. Producers such as Basantkumar Patil would not have worked on more than 10 art films if they did not think the films would be received well.

Later, responding to questions from the audience, Mr. Kasaravalli said that there should not be any bar on using words from other languages where it was necessary in Kannada films.

Asked about the need for more films on women’s issues, Mr. Kasaravalli said that he had already directed two films, ‘Thayi Saheba’ and ‘Haseena’, based on women’s issues, and was willing to direct more such films if given the opportunity.

Mahipal Reddy Munnur, president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, made introductory remarks.

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