KERALA

There is no permanent winning formula for films: Sreenivasan

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There is no permanent winning formula for films. Malayalam films should compete with other language films in content. It is not possible to vie with them where budgets are concerned, said the actor and director Sreenivasan, while interacting with the participants of the week-long summer camp organised by the Institute of Children's Literature here. Those who invest money into films should have a clear perspective, he said. At present, it is the investors who decide the preferences of the Malayali audience. "I believe it is the directors who should make this decision. Trends were created in Malayalam film industry by swimming against the tide," he said.

Questions

Sreenivasan had to face a volley of questions on subjects ranging from his school days, his first film, why he did not promote his son as a singer to whether his looks had helped him succeed in the film industry. His self-deprecating humour that came to the fore in statements like `My face is the best' sent the children into peels of laughter. Asked whether more women should enter the post-production and other departments of filmmaking, Sreenivasan said everyone should get himself involved in a challenging job. In developed countries, no distinction is made between the two genders. Sreenivasan said he was afraid to face the children as he was not aware of their mindset and views on films and current issues. "I find it difficult to mingle with children, to entertain and make them happy. I have little talent for that," he said. He told the participants that that was no short cut to success. The participants at the camp received the latest issue of the magazine Talir autographed by Sreenivasan.

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