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TALKING ON CINEMA: Film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan addressing a seminar on cinema in Kochi on Wednesday. Photo: Vipinchandran
TALKING ON CINEMA: Film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan addressing a seminar on cinema in Kochi on Wednesday. Photo: Vipinchandran

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Noted film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan has said that cinema is not just a medium for promotion of dance and music.

At a seminar on `Film, culture and heritage' organised by the Department of Culture and Heritage at Cochin University of Science and Technology on Wednesday, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said there was a misconception that films were a mix of various arts.

"Cinema is a medium that combines visuals, sound and several other effects. Irrespective of age, people watch bad movies thinking that such works entertain them. But a work of art should actually try to touch the human mind. In the name of popular cinema, there is an attempt not to initiate new thoughts among the public," he said.

He said a reader could interpret a character in a novel in his own way. But films provided the same visual and sound for the viewers. Referring to the theme of film and culture, Mr. Gopalakrishnan said that language was a major link connecting culture. He stressed the need to promote learning of Malayalam among students. "Students who are able to understand and learn Malayalam will be able to use English language without any difficulty," he said.

Urging educational institutions to promote film studies, he said universities now started giving due prominence to studies on cinema.

In his keynote address, film director K.G. George said the director and viewers jointly created a cinematic experience. He said films had become a business these days. "Cinema has turned into an international medium operating in a global economy," he said. Mr. George said that a film was a joint effort by several persons.

Cusat Vice-Chancellor P.K. Abdul Azis said cinema was a powerful medium to convey various messages to the public.

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