Indian platform for real films on real people

Mumbai, April 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) India has the largest film industry in the world yet it does not provide room for the short films and documentaries made by small-time film makers. The silver screen caters only to big film productions of Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood. The makers of documentaries and short movies, therefore, have to find their own small niche and platform through other less known film festivals.

The youth who wish to come out and show their talent to the masses and get their thoughts across are yearning to be recognized. The director of the IIYFF (India International Youth Film Festival), Mustajab Malik, said that in India there is no recognition for the youth who make films and are not given any opportunity to showcase their talent through documentaries and brief films.

For this very reason some film festivals have opened up welcoming such filmmakers to display their talents and their thoughts to the audience who would appreciate them. The festival is also promoted in melas, in villages and in the slums among the rickshaw pullers, the farmers and the slum dwellers to promote the films and their directors; also the masses will realize that even they can produce a film  once the equipment for the same is provided to them.

At the second IIYFF, held on the 1st and 2nd of Feb. this year at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, Mustajab Malik put forward his plan to make IIYFF a touring festival and to hold it in Amritsar in Punjab, Sagar in Madhya Pradesh in the month of March this year. He further said that the festival will not be held in just one place but will be constantly on a tour from 2011 onwards; he and his team are working on it. Mustajab wants to promote the alternative cinema so that people, in general, become aware of the various social issues that they face like health, education, human right, poverty, environment and issues about women facing violence.

At the event, about 24 documentaries and short films were shown many of which came from overseas like the US, Australia, UK, Germany, France, Syria, Afghanistan, Israel, Iran and Palestine among several others.

Ranjith Shankaran, of the Chennai-based L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy, said that such movies are not made commercially; therefore, they need to be encouraged with all that is needed for their success along with a proper platform. There were three movies from the academy put forward for the competition at the festival. These were ‘Devdasi’, ‘Kal’ and ‘All is Well’. The last movie was directed by Azad Alam who worded the desire of the small-time film makers who want to watch the outcome of their effort on a big screen. At the festivals, they get not only that but also good audience, media and the critics, and so Azad Alam encouraged all such young film directors to participate in these film fests.

It is to be noted that International Film Festival of India and Mumbai International Film Festival do have a section only for this purpose.