Veteran filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar has admitted that the film fraternity is a divided house. Speaking at a press conference at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Panaji on Thursday, he said, when there were protests against his movie Indu Sarkar, very few people came forward in support.
Bhandarkar, however, said that once a film is cleared by the censor board, no one should oppose its screening, as the Central Board of Film Certification is the competent authority to judge a film.
In reply to a question on actor Shabana Azmi and lyricist Javed Akhtar’s call to the film fraternity to boycott IFFI, Bhandarkar said, he has great respect for both, but they kept mum when there were protests against Indu Sarkar.
In the morning, Delhi-based Saksham Trust, at a press conference, stressed on the need for wider use of audio-described technology for visually impaired persons. Saksham co-founder Rammi Seth said, all films released in the country should come with audio-described technology so that differently abled persons can also enjoy mainstream cinema.
At the Bioscope Village, academy award winning sound designer Resul Pookutty spoke about the importance of sound in cinema. Quoting director Danny Boyle, Pookutty said sound in cinema is as important as hearing ability for a person.
A panel discussion on young filmmakers in India was also held this morning at IFFI. Among other issues, IFFI’s significance as a platform for upcoming filmmakers was discussed.