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Today, there is no such thing as a children’s film: Jaya Bachchan

Actor Jaya Bachchan at the Bengaluru International Film Festival in Bengaluru on Friday; (right) the event saw good response in Mysuru.— PHOTOs: Bhagya Prakash K. and M.A.SRIRAM

Actor Jaya Bachchan at the Bengaluru International Film Festival in Bengaluru on Friday; (right) the event saw good response in Mysuru.— PHOTOs: Bhagya Prakash K. and M.A.SRIRAM  

She bats for more intelligent content for gadget-driven generation

Having been a pro-active chairperson of the Children's Film Society, India, for over six years, and being a grandmother herself, actor Jaya Bachchan couldn’t have reiterated more that today's children grow up too soon, their minds develop rapidly, because they are exposed to too much too early, and not necessarily in the right direction.

Chairing a seminar on ‘Children’s Cinema’, she began by stressing on the terminology. “Today, children are watching everything that adults are watching on the Internet. After they turn 10, their minds are like yours and mine. So there's nothing like children's films today. You can call it cinema made for children.”

While she admitted to not watching TV, she recalled how earlier programmes like the BBC’s Teletubbies children’s series was far more interesting, even for adults. “It’s a pity we are losing out to Western culture... We have so much literature of our own. We don’t make the writing for these films for children interesting enough. We have Amar Chitra Katha. Look at the folk tales and puppetry in your State. Technology has to be added to it to make it interesting for kids today. When I was Chairperson of the CFSI, we made films in two to four lakhs, then I increased it to eight. But if you're competing with the world, this budget is not enough,” she said.

Jaya loses her cool

Actor Jaya Bachchan, known for losing her cool easily, wasn't any different at the BIFFes. First it was photojournalists she got upset with, saying they were disturbing her and not following protocol. And then again in the media interaction. When asked why none of the Bollywood actors who were complaining about the current controversy in FTII were mobilising themselves to petition the government, she retorted: “Why are you telling me to do what you should be doing? Don't get aggressive with me. I can be aggressive with you too.”

At the more than hour-long seminar followed by a Q&A with participants and media, Jaya Bachchan touched on FTII:

“Remarks I made yesterday about government ‘interference’... I was talking about censorship and so many things that are going on. I was also upset over what happened at my alma mater, the FTII... we are a bit too tolerant as a nation.”

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