Sunday, June 08, 2003
Watched Shankar�s Indian featuring Kamal Hassan today on TV. The film continues to impress me: especially the flashback sequences. Though the film does not conform to any level of technical competence, be it in terms of shot selection or editing, the movie still holds the audience; the same way it did the first time I saw it on the big screen.
Lament: The deep-rooted malaises in our film industry take time to stop impinging upon our filmmakers, even on the once-in-a-decade bright spark like Mani Ratnam or Shankar. I guess economics and business plays a big role in sustaining mediocrity. But monetary considerations are not the only things affecting us (for that matter many places make better films under conditions worse off). One of our main problems seems to be a lack of iniative and absence of innovation. The lack of a professional pedagogic culture in our film industry means that our only education is imitational. Inspiration is at the root of any work of art but innovation and scholarship is the plant that has to grow from these roots.
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