Girish Kulkarni : Regional cinema more meaningful than Bollywood

Panaji, December 5, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) In what seems to a forthright remark, writer of award-winning Marathi movie ‘Vihir’ on said that Bollywood fails to reach to the expectations of its audience.

“Bollywood raises expectation of the audience but what they get it not as per expectation. This is heartbreaking to many,” Girish Kulkarni said.

The writer stated that aspirations of the audience to see meaningful films has continued regional cinema going unlike Bollywood that does not fulfill the expectation.

“The audience definitely craves for more meaningful cinema and this is where regional cinema makes its way,” he said.

‘Vihir’ is among three Indian films in the Competition Section of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010. The film successfully participated in the Berlin Film Festival and already had theatrical release.

Adding to his comments, the movie’s director Umesh Kulkarni said that increasing multiplexes with small capacity auditoriums have helped regional cinema. “Demand by audience has forced some theaters in Maharashtra to screen Marathi films and the fraternity is making good money at the box office,” he stated.

The movie revolves around two adolescent boys who are cousins, which are played by Mohan Agashe and Sulabha Deshpande as lead actors. “The movie has houseful response in Berlin and we hope the same response at IFFI even though there are other attractions,” the director said.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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