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Three for one

Although both of them delineate storytelling on the big screen,they are hugely demarcated in their renown,prevalence,advancement as well as recognition.

Written by Tanvi Salkar |
February 5, 2009 1:53:07 am

Having steered by three prominent filmmakers,DAM concluded with aspirations of making it to the big screen

Although both of them delineate storytelling on the big screen,they are hugely demarcated in their renown,prevalence,advancement as well as recognition. The animated and the non-animated films in India have largely remained pronged. However their creators shared the platform for a concourse oration throwing light on more than just the differences between the two. The last day of DigitAll Movement at SIMC had filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar,Geetanjali Rao and Arnab Chaudhari interact at the annual event.

Getting candid with students,Bhandarkar drew a lot of questions and spoke on various aspects,including a non-judgmental stand in films. The filmmaker,who is busy with his next film on jails,adds,”It takes six to eight months to research; I had some time back been to Yerawada jail and it was a awe-inspiring incident interacting with the prisoners. I saw a different world altogether. I love interacting with people,it heightens my knowledge. Each film of mine puts me through a learning process and I have constantly evolved through filmmaking. I have always made experimental cinema and audiences across the world have appreciated it. In fact,I am the only filmmaker who gets commercial success,critical acclaim and a national award,” adds Bhandarkar,who assures that he’ll shock audiences with a romantic flick shortly.

The animation filmmakers directed the spectators towards some fabulous clips and a need for a more overt approach. While Chaudhari is steping into the mainstream with his debut film- Arjun,Rao’s Printed Window has embarked on the international obverse winning Cannes’ Kodak Discovery and Young Critics Award at Cannes in 2006. Adding on Arjun,Chaudhari says,”I hope to complete it by this year-end. Being an epic film,there will be a lot of action. Animation takes you into a realm of art,giving the artist the freedom of flexibility and creativity. The industry is at a nascent stage in the country but I am optimistic about its expansion.” Agrees Rao,who feels that the reason primarily is the belated initiation. “We started in the mid-70s and mainly through advertising films,whereas the West has been at it since the 30s. However,till six months ago,things looked promising enough and we had too many projects on hand but somehow they have been curtailed of late. We are at par in terms of technology but the content is lacking; we still do not have a genre which can be described as the Indian genre,” adds she.

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