Film director Saeed Akhtar Mirza has said that corrupt forces have hijacked democracy in the country.

He was addressing a meet-the-press programme at the Thrissur Press Club on Thursday.

“The nexus between warlord-politicians, rapacious business barons and corrupt bureaucrats has seriously affected the country. Storm troopers of the corrupt embark on a vandalism spree and hold the country to ransom. The common man is utterly powerless. The situation is frustrating,” Mr. Mirza said.

He said that in corporate-controlled film industry, it was increasingly difficult to find funds for producing films that tell the stories of the marginalised, including Dalits and tribals.

“In the 1970s and 1980s, when directors of my generation made alternative films, we dreamt of changing the world.

He added that he did not believe in creating one kind of cinema alone. “You need all kinds of films.

“You certainly need entertaining films. An industry should achieve a balance in creating entertaining mainstream films and alternative ventures. Malayalam cinema seems to have achieved this,” he said. Thrissur Press Club secretary V. R. Rajamohan also spoke.