The Telegraph
Monday , June 6 , 2016


- Amitava Ghosh, vice-president, Federation of Film Societies in India (FFSI), on ushering in a culture of good cinema in Jharkhand


TT: What is FFSI doing in Jharkhand? 

AG: We plan to meet young students and build a film culture in colleges and universities 


Have you approached any university? 

We have signed an MoU with Kolhan University, which has agreed to screen films under a film society guided by a panel of students, professors  


Why universities?

Well-known film critic, actress and biographer Marie Seton initiated a film society in Allahabad. She believed that in India, universities are the natural venues of film societies. The one she started at Mahila Intermediate College is in a shambles. We want to revive the culture  


How may film societies do we have in Jharkhand?

As of now, there is only Celluloid Chapter Art Foundation in Jamshedpur. There were two others, 
Musabani Cine Society and Ranchi Cine Society. They stopped functioning in 1989 and 1990, respectively 


What happened? 

Film societies stop functioning due to lack of funds. So far, we haven’t received any help from the government or the corporate sector  


What does FFSI require to generate more societies?

We are working on a sustainable model. FFSI is seriously looking at the Northeast and aims to develop a film culture in Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand 


What would be a sustainable model? 

Societies can help governments organise film festivals, conduct cinema appreciation classes and corporate training 


How would it help corporates? 

Film making is a complete package of art, technology and management. Aesthetics apart, management can be taught with the help of a film’s story and technology through the making of a film   

How do you choose what film to showcase?

We don’t have much of an option. Indian cinema has become a market-driven business. Even if we want to showcase a film like Piku, its producers wouldn’t like it because of copyright 
issues with TV channels 


How will you break the jinx?  

We want to involve more directors through film festivals. We are also trying to involve producers. 


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