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Budding filmmakers should break stereotype, experiment with fresh minds: Girish Kasaravalli

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Mysuru: Award winning Sandalwood film director Girish Kasaravalli advised the young filmmakers to do out of the box thinking and experiment with new ideas.

Dignitaries at the opening of ‘Cinerama’ national short film festival at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Mysuru on Friday

He was speaking during an interaction organised as part of ‘Cinerama 2022’, a National Level Short Film Festival that got underway at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru.

Kasaravalli who spoke on his experience of filmmaking clarified that the sole purpose of his films is not to entertain the audience, but to engage and enlighten.

He opined that most of the films are based on life of elite class people. But we have very few movies on marginalised people who cannot speak for themselves. So, his first preference is always for marginalised people, he said.

According to him the purpose of cinema doesn’t end with telling a story but it has to develop a dialogue. Cinemas should not manipulate the minds of the people rather, it should serve as medium to provoke audience to think, he opined.

Girish Kasaravalli advised the young cinema makers to break the age-old models and notions of cinema making and experiment with fresh minds. Throwing light on film technique and film language he advised the participants to try to convert the technique into cinematic idiom.

Watching a movie should make the audience politically aware of how our mind is being ruled/colonised/captured and not able to accept descent, he added.

Responding to several questions related to his filmmaking career, his preparation for filmmaking and his stand on purpose and objectives of films he emphasised on the need for a thorough knowledge on film theories for an upcoming filmmaker.

The overwhelming response from the budding filmmakers from various states of the country and abroad crossed 75 entries from over 50 institutions and university.

As part of the event PixelKraft, Graphics and Portfolio Exhibition of final year students of the institution was also inaugurated by Girish Kasaravalli.

Dr T C Poornima, IIS, Deputy Director, Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, GoI jointly inaugurated Cinerama 2022.

In her inaugural address Dr Poornima stressed on the fact that short films are the pathway to the field of feature films for the aspiring filmmakers. Short films are far less expensive than feature films and it can be an arena to showcase their skills as full-fledged filmmaker.

In present era feature films have lost the essence of storytelling and are more focused towards hero centric roles whereas short films focus more on story and delivering the theme of the film in very less amount of time. Short films also play a very important role in delivering human values which helps in moulding our society, she added. Citing the short film making trend that is set in she hoped that more such films contribute towards the overall wellbeing of the society.

Guest of honour Dr Na Da Shetty, author and Kendra Sahithya Academy Awardee in his address called on the gathered young filmmakers to be very meticulous with their planning and execution of their films.

Another Guest of Honour Pavan K J, Actor and Award-Winning Lens Based Artist advised the participants to make the best use of such professionally driven programmes that they have been pursuing.

Dr G Ravindranath, Principal, Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Mysuru presided over the function.

Br Muktidamrta Chaitanya, Correspondent, Amrita Mysuru, Dr Moulya Baladi, Chairperson, Department of Visual Communication and others were present on the occasion.

The technical sessions on “Screen Writing and Direction” by Adarsh Eshwarappa, Film Writer, Editor & Director and “Aesthetics in Filmmaking” by Abhaya Simha, Filmmaker and screen writer that followed benefitted the participants in understanding the various nuances of filmmaking.

– Team Mysoorunews 


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