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Talk tracks journey of Indian cinema
- Shyam Benegal advises filmmakers to bank on creativity keeping in view market size and resources

Cuttack, May 28: Filmmaker Shyam Benegal spoke about the idea that had inspired him to make the movie, Making of the Mahatma, which was screened at Spicmacay national convention last evening.

“I do not want others to make films like me, rather everybody should have their own style,” felt the noted film director.

“Everybody, including new and upcoming filmmakers, should have their own style and ability to give shape to their dreams and imagination. By promoting originality, an artist can succeed to give better shape to creativity,” said Benegal.

“Gandhiji had spent around 21 years in South Africa where he came up with the idea of Satyagraha and implemented it in India that led to the country’s independence,” he said.

According to Benegal, the Indian cinema has undergone a number of changes and advancements, that have been possible due to technology. From the time of celluloid to digital, Indian movies have always gone through a lot of experimental phases and are on a path of development.

“Indian cinema has a lot to offer, but a number of individuals and filmmakers have stopped thinking beyond a certain point. Moreover, the filmmakers nowadays are coming with a lot of interesting subjects and themes that have also been appreciated on the global stage,” he said.

Talking on the Indian classical music in Indian films, Benegal felt nothing much had been done to create a new art form. “This is the simple reason that our cinema has taken a backseat as our culture and tradition has lot more to offer,” he said.

“I am not of the view that Indian classical music is on the verge of extinction, rather it is back on revival phase. The Spicmacay is providing a perfect platform to the youth to know more about our rich tradition and heritage by organising such programmes in small cities and towns,” said the director.

According to Benegal, Oriya film industry has to “devise a new strategy” that is more viable in comparison with Bollywood that has a wider market base.

In Orissa, there is a need to create critical mass and make films using interesting themes and subjects keeping in view the market size and limited resources.

“Here in the state, the market size is too small and time has come to devise a new strategy by making extensive use of technology, creating new distribution channels using DVDs, internet for downloading films and new concepts,” said Benegal.

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