Girish sees hope in art-house films

Cultural Correspondent | Published at 06:00pm on January 18, 2018

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Girish Kasaravalli

Four times Indian National Film Award winner Girish Kasaravalli, a leading director of Kannada cinema, is very optimistic about the future of art-house films as technological development is making film production and distribution process easier and cheaper.

‘Compared to even a decade before,’ Girish Kasaravalli says, ‘Young filmmakers these days are getting better equipment and financing channels with the advancement of digital technology and alternative funding systems. Many new windows have also opened like online release, film festival release, university-based released and other with which they can get back the investments.’

‘Actually, I’m very much optimistic about the future of the art-house film as many such films are made in all regions in India these days when those films were used to be produced only in Bengal and Kerala a few decades back, Girish Kasaravalli told New Age in an interview.

Girish Kasaravalli is visiting Dhaka to take part in the 16th edition of Dhaka International Film Festival as the chairperson of the Asian Film Competition, the main competitive segment of the festival.

‘When Ahmed Muztaba Zamal [festival director] invited me, I accepted it gladly as the Dhaka festival has some unique features. It has separate segments for films from Asian countries, films of women makers, docu films and short films. This is significant and very important in this sense that the festival is supporting and promoting, what a festival requires to, diverse films of Asian countries that got unique language after 1990s. Since the period, all the nations started developing distinctive and unique cinematic idioms and styles by giving up tendency of blindly following the west,’ Girish said.

‘Mainstream films in India and other countries in Asia are still following the west, which to me is a kind of cultural colonisation. We need to oppose it and try to focus more on films dealing with diverse issues like politics, culture and others,’  Girish said.

Sharing his style of filmmaking, Girish said that his intention of making a film is not just to deliver a message but to narrate a story that can provoke thoughts of the viewers and give them room to interpret the narrative in respective way.

A  President’s Golden Lotus Award graduate of Film & TV Institute of India, Pune, Girish has made 14 feature films and 5 biopic documentary films and a TV serial in a carrier spanning 4 decades. Kasaravalli is the only South Indian filmmaker who won Indian National Film Awards for four times for his films titled ‘Ghatashraddha’ (1977), ‘Tabarana Kathe’ (1986), ‘Thaayi Saheba’ (1997) and ‘Dweepa’ (2002). He also won national awards for 11 times in different segments. In 2011, he was awarded Padma Shri.

After a gap of three years, Girish is going to make his 15th feature this year. ‘It will be based on a novel named Punaruthyan featuring two years of emergency period in India from 1975-77. But, it will be metaphorically presented in the film so that it can be relevant for any similar situation at any part of the world,’ Girish said.