Indianise stories, say filmmakers at discussion on scripts as they lament trend of making films for foreign audiences
If a film script or story is honest and has local feel it is bound to click anywhere across the world, said panel members at a two-day seminar on film scripts organised by the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
As one thought-provoking topic after another came to be discussed during the seminar titled the 'Uniqueness of the Indian Film Script', the prevailing mood among filmmakers from both Hindi and regional cinema gathered at the venue, the National Film Archives of India (NFAI), was the lament that the industry was now trying hard to appeal to foreign audiences.
The event was attended by not only film personalities, writers, technicians and others from the world of cinema, but also saw a packed audiences, including actors, budding filmmakers, media students and film lovers.
During a discussion on 'The road ahead: Globalism, the digital revolution and other attractions', film director Paresh Mokashi said, "We should first direct our efforts towards wooing local audiences and then think about the world audience."
Director Vikramaditya Motwane mentioned that cinema was supposed to present the culture and tradition of the nation, but sadly today more of western than Indian culture was to be seen in films as large portions of most films were shot abroad.
In the midst of this discussion, Jahnu Bahrua had a corollary to add. "There are lots of stories within (the rest of) Indian so why focus only on Mumbai," said Bahrua.
Saeed Mirza during the discussion 'Rebellion: The New Wave Cinema and the Angry Young Man's Evolution', pointed that the angry young man is missing from today's cinema.
"There are lot of insecurities in middle-class and upper-class families, but they are not being focused on by filmmakers," he said.