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'Assam needs permanent film festival venue'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 Nov 2017 12:00 AM GMT

By our staff reporter

GUWAHATI, NOV 4: Filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishn feels that Assam needs to have a permanent film festival venue if the State is keen to boost its tural environment for making films.

Dadasaheb Phalke Award-winning filmmaker made this statement after the witnessing the first edition of Guwahati Intertiol Film festival (GIFF) in the city recently.

The Sentinel had an interview with Gopalakrishn on Thursday, the closing day of the film festival.

Q: Is budget too important to make a film?

A: Budget is an important part films as it can make films hit in box office. However, a low-budget can also make a good film if the story is strong.

Q: Is entertainment a must in every film?

A: A good film should have entertainment, but entertainment doesn’t mean only jokes, dances etc. It can be described in many ways in films. Entertainment also attracts audience.

Q: What is your take on controversies that go on in film industry?

A: Controversy isn’t a bad thing. It helps in publicity of the films free of cost. So it helps us sometime.

Q. How will you distinguish GIFF from other film festivals?

A: Film festivals are big business. Distributors keep copyrights of films and demand large amount when organizers want to show films in festivals. Now the situation is that for every film we have to pay a huge amount. However, GIFF isn’t like that.

Q: Is this your first visit to Assam?

A: No, I have visited the State for several times. The word ‘Asom’ does carry a very beautiful meaning.

Q: What qualities a filmmaker ought to have to make a successful film?

A: This is a long process. Firstly, they shouldn’t directly jump to the cinemas; they should learn it first about the medium. They should be dedicated. Hard work is a must.

Q: What message do you want to get across to GIFF?

A: Grow bigger and better.

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