Appreciation for reality-based films

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Appreciation for reality-based films

The finale of the 6th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFes), saw the film-makers walk away with awards for their work of art. The award-winners shared their joy with Metrolife. 

Manju Borah, the director of the film Ko Yad, who won the prize for the ‘Best Indian Film’, pointed out that the different setting of the film was what made her work stand out. 
The film is based on the Mishing community of the North-East, which is struggling to survive. “The different theme, setting and storyline of the movie are what went down well with the viewers. I’ve always tried to make films that follow a different path,” she said, adding, “I did get a chance to watch a couple of films at the festival and I must say I was impressed with the collection.” 

Umashankar Swamy, who won the award for Munsif under the Best Kannada Film category said that he was confident of winning the award.  “I took a lot of effort to make the film. I’m thrilled with the response. The problem was getting people to the theatres to watch the film. Once they did, they’ve all loved it,” he said. He added, “I’ve always been interested in making a thought-provoking film rather than some cheap entertainer.

I was keen on a film that would entertain every section of the society and I think I accomplished that.” Although N Sudarshan’s film Tallana, which got the ‘Second Best Kannada Film’ award was not a commercial success, he felt that the screening of the film at the festival and the recognition it got there compensated for the film’s commercial loss. 

“When I made the film, I had no idea whom it was meant for. With a budget of Rs 40 to 50 lakh, one can take risks whether it’s with the story or the actors, which is an advantage. But I was always keen on making a reality-based film,” he said. 

Happy that the audience had appreciated Edegarike, Sumana Kittur, the director of the film, which was conferred with the ‘Jury Special Award’, said, “I think these days the audience is looking for films which are different. Those who provide that are the ones who stand to benefit. I keenly observe what's happening in the society and then pick my subject,” she said, adding, “I’m still working on my next film.”  

Popular Sandalwood actor Darshan who stole the show, said, “It’s good to see so many Kannada films were able to make it to the film festival. I enjoy watching foreign films even if I don’t understand the language.”

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