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Need for austerity in good cinema stressed

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Adoor Gopalakrishnan speaks at seminar

Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Adoor Gopalakrishnan

There is a need for austerity in good cinema, said acclaimed Malayalam filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, addressing students here on Wednesday.

Good cinema should not compromise on its quality to address the popular taste of the audience, he said, speaking at a two-day national workshop on ‘Stories to Screen: Translation, Transformation and Trans-creation' organised by the Ethiraj College for Women in association with L V Prasad Film & TV Academy.

Expressing his delight at serious cinema being considered on a college campus, he said “Cinema is yet to gain the respectable status and seriousness that literature has been enjoying for years.”

“The best of cinema was once based on literature, which is primarily guided by the realities of life. But now cinema seems to be poles apart from books. If a book wins an award it gets sold out immediately, while people stay away from award winning films,” he said.

While literature is subjective and leads each reader through a unique experience, cinema supplies plastic images. The audience become passive, unlike literature which requires the reader to be literate, said Mr. Gopalakrishnan. “Due to its commercial nature, the entertainment that cinema provides is becoming frivolous. Like art forms such as Koodiyattam that require the presence of at least one knowledgeable member in the audience, serious cinema should treat audience with respect and be close to reality,” said Mr. Gopalakrishnan.

The workshop would help teachers guide their students take the written story to the screen, said director of the L.V. Prasad Film & TV Academy, K. Hariharan. “The text and image should come together, when any writing is translated to the screen but not too apparently,” he said.

Emphasising the need for detail in the written story or script, about the actor, location and property, he said there was a need for a synergy between the writer and director. M. Thavamani, Principal, Ethiraj College for Women also spoke.

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