Support and popularise Kannada films, says Shankar

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Veteran actor and producer M.P. Shankar on Saturday underlined the need for practising collective filmmaking to produce good films in Kannada.

“Filmmaking is a team effort which can bring a change in the film’s perspective. This was evident in the films of yesteryears. The foundation laid by the doyen of Kannada cinema Rajkumar, G.V. Iyer, Balakrishna and Narasimharaju is intact even today,” he said.

Speaking after inaugurating the Dasara Film Festival at Kalamandira here, Mr. Shankar, who produced many blockbusters including the Dr. Rajkumar-starrer “Gandada Gudi”, fondly recalled the films and the artistes of the bygone era. He gave suggestions to young filmmakers on how filmmaking could be made effective to produce quality films.

“Even though we have had some good films in recent years, the films of yesteryears were better. They had clear-cut messages,” he said. “The golden era of Kannada films cannot be seen again, but can be recalled any number of years,” he added.

“Until Kannada films do not get priority in our State, the growth cannot be intense. So, support and popularise Kannada films for the survival of the industry,” he said.

Recalling the words of Ram Manohar Lohia, noted director N.S. Shankar said Mahatma Gandhi and films had made an impact on the minds of the people.

“Film watching should not be considered negatively. People and children learn from the films as they come with messages. They are diverse,” he said.

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