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Palekar to return to the world of colours

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Amol Palekar at a press conference in Bangalore on Monday.— Photo: K. MURALI KUMAR
Amol Palekar at a press conference in Bangalore on Monday.— Photo: K. MURALI KUMAR

After dabbling with the celluloid medium for long, actor-director Amol Palekar is planning to return to painting. A former student of Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, Mr. Palekar started his career as an artist before joining the film industry.

“Having explored the outer world, I am now seriously thinking of returning to painting,” he said at an interaction with the media organised by Bangalore Press Club and Bangalore Reporters’ Guild on Monday.

Mr. Palekar has a fascination for watercolours and has seven solo exhibitions to his credit. However, he is not frustrated with the film industry. “It is just that I wanted to have a dialogue with myself and provide creative answers to more compelling issues.”

Cricket enthusiast

A cricket enthusiast, he watched the final match between India and Australia here on Saturday. “It was a brilliant performance. A ‘Paisa Vasool’ match. My day was made, as I watched it with my favourite player Gundappa Vishwanath. I also spent time with my old friends Anant Nag, Arundhati Nag, and Girish Karnad. It is a nice way of celebrating Diwali, you know,” he said.

“Today, the format is shorter. We had only test cricket then. Now it is 20:20. I equally enjoy the batting of Rohit Sharma, as much as late cuts and square cuts of G.R. Vishwanath and googlies of B.S. Chandrashekar,” he said.

Regional cinema

Mr. Palekar acted in two Kannada films — Kanneshwara Rama directed by M.S. Sathyu and Paper Boats directed by Pattabhirama Reddy.

He refused to acknowledge the argument that regional cinema was being drowned in the din of 100-crore club films from Bollywood. “Cinema has changed altogether. New generation directors have come up with new cinematic idioms. But regional and parallel cinema has not been affected, as they have their strengths. They will find their own way to counter Bollywood and Hollywood,” he said.

However, Mr. Palekar regretted that the contribution of regional and parallel films were forgotten during the celebration of the centenary of Indian cinema. “If it you blindly conclude that Bollywood is offering what the audience wanted, why 90 per cent of their films are flops at the box office? People are not worried about the genesis of films. They want good films. An alternative to crass commercialisation is sure to emerge,” he observed.

Before signing off, Mr. Palekar put forth his take on film reviews in the media. “I don’t call them reviews. Except the storyline and bits and pieces of information about acting, cinematography and editing, ‘reviewers’ won’t write anything significant. How can you call them reviews?” he said.


  • The noted actor-director is a former student of Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai

  • He has seven solo exhibitions to his credit


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