Bollywood doesn't watch regional cinema

RUPESH SAMANT (PTI), PANAJI | 25 November 2011 23:12 IST

Bollywood stars today conceded that they are not into watching non-Hindi regional cinemas in the absence of sub-titles.

“I can’t take a call of watching Marathi film in absence of sub-titles. I don’t want to waste time watching a film I don’t understand. I must say I am gukity of not watching non-Bollywood Indian films,” Zoya Akhtar, a Mumbai-based filmmaker told a ‘knowledge session’ at Film Bazaar of IFFI today.

Actor Abhay Deol, who has made a name for himself in new wave cinema, also said that despite being Punjabi, he is not into watching Punjabi movies. “I don’t watch Punjabi movies. My Punjabi is also not that good,” he said responding to a question.

Deol, who has worked with Akhtar in her film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, said that the sub-titling could help more audience to watch the regional cinema.

Kalki Koechlin, Indian actress with French descent, however, said that Anurag Kashyap (her husband) drags her to see Marathi films. 

Referring to Marathi movie `Gandh,’ she said that the film was really excellent and she liked it. “I really enjoyed watching Marathi films. It is something that should be more accessible,” she added.

The issue of new generation filmmakers watching regional films was raised during the Knowledge Session by one of the audience.

One of the participants, introducing himself as a film critique, claimed that `few Hindi filmmakers are being highlighted as a torch bearers of the Indian film industry.’

Deol rebutting the allegations said that every filmmaker is having a set of audience which he caters to. “You don’t compare one to another as per your judgements,” he said.

IFFI 2011 is being held in Goa from November 23 to December 3 in which 350 films are screened. Film Bazaar is the concept by National Films Division Corporation (NFDC), which is a business to business platform for the filmmakers and buyers.  

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