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Producers lack interest in artistic films: Sheshadri

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`Kannada cinema not drawing the attention of connoisseurs'



SPEAKING OUT: Film director and national award winner P. Sheshadri speaking after the screening of his award-winning film, `Beru - The Root', in Shimoga on Sunday.

SHIMOGA: Film director and national award winner P. Sheshadri said here on Sunday that some film producers and owners of cinemas lack interest in films of artistic value.

"I am saying this in the context of my personal bitter experience in Shimoga," he said, addressing a press conference after the screening of his award-winning film, "Beru - The Root", at Manjunath theatre here.

He said three cinemas in Shimoga were selected for screening his film. "When we approached the owner of one theatre for screening `Beru', he refused. Or team approached the owner of another theatre. He too did not oblige us on the plea that a Tamil film was being screened," Mr. Sheshadri added.

He said experts in films in other languages have appreciated many movies made in the 1970s. Films produced by Puttanna Kanagal carved a niche for themselves in Kannada cinema, which were viewed and studied by connoisseurs. They used to come to see Kannada films to study their various aspects and to assess their quality. "But connoisseurs have lost interest in Kannada films as the tastes of filmmakers have changed," he said. He said the main problem is that some producers do not want to invest in movies with artistic values as they have commercialised the film industry.

Mr. Sheshadri asked elite Kannada actors to accept parts in one or two such movies a year apart from roles in "formula movies". He said people should develop interest in good films.

Mr. Shesdhri won the national award for his first two Kannada films "Munnudi" and "Atithi".

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