Thursday, June 4, 2009

Montage

TRUE



“Do not call it Bollywood. This is a very wrong thing to call it. We are not trying to copy Hollywood. We are making films for an audience of a billion people. Over 80% of these people don’t have enough food in their bellies. Our country does not provide its people with pool halls, basketball courts and video parlours, so we make films for them that will let them forget their lives for 3 hours. We create total fantasy, not the polished reality that Hollywood portrays. Never forget that, never forget that we are making films that allow people to believe for 3 hours that they are not poor and hungry”.

Subhash Ghai, Indian filmmaker, producer...etc.





Lies

How I learned to stop worrying about life and watch only Bollywood films




When will strike and curfews end in Manipur?


Cinema-verite


When will we see traffic jam in our films
When will we hear stories from Manipur, Orissa, Chattisgarh.....
When will...
When will...
When will...
When will....


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Indian Auteur Issue no-4- Coming Soon.

2 comments:

srikanth said...

"But if film aspires to be part of culture, it should do the things great literature, music and art do: elevate the spirit, help us understand ourselves and the world around us and give people the feeling they are not alone." - Kieslowski


"Never forget that, never forget that we are making films that allow people to believe for 3 hours that they are not poor and hungry" - Ghai

Not comparing, but just found that funny.

BTW, The Ghai quote is another sign that our cinema and politics are inseperable. Even our politicians would say the same line:

"Never forget that, never forget that we are making laws that allow people to believe for 5 years that they are not poor and hungry" :)

nitesh said...

Thanks for the comment, Srikanth. Completely agree on the fact that our politician love to use a similar rhetoric along with another similarity with our politician- " They all can't take criticism.