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Era of the 1980s Filmmaking was about bringing a change and make it happen: Veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani

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New Delhi, May 20, 2017: Veteran filmmaker Govind Nihalani on Saturday said the era of the 1980s was about bringing a change and make it happen in reaction to mainstream cinema. During that period, people witnessed movies from his generation of filmmakers including Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen.

At a time when films like “Qurbani”, “Alibaba Aur 40 Chor”, “Karz” and “Dostana” were ruling the box office with heavy duty star cast, glamour, dance and music, Nihalani says a movement of what was called “new cinema or parallel cinema” started to prove that such elements were not necessary to make a film work.

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“When you ask how the films were made at that time… we had this movement going of new cinema or parallel cinema. That movement essentially started as a reaction to mainstream cinema,” Nihalani said here, during a panel discussion at the Habitat Film Festival.

“It brought out a thought that it was not necessary that you follow a pattern which was established by what we call now mainstream cinema. Which means you must have presence of stars, music, dance, there should be a happy ending… that was very important and that good wins over evil all the time,” he added.

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The 76-year-old and the recipient of six National Film Awards said the filmmakers on the flip side proved that the glamour quotient was not necessary and that films that connect people can also be appreciated and work.

“You can make films that connect with the people. Other elements which connect you with the audience, which requires more human empathy, concern with anything other than being happy a the end of it all… The fact that you can make the difference. You can make the change happen.

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 “When we started making films and the young generation that came in, they came with the idea that you can change something and that change is possible. At the core of it that was the thought. The stories that we chose, it had no stars, glamorous locations… whole thing was about the change and that we make it happen. Stories were chosen in that mood,” he added.

The other panellists include director Buddhadeb Dasgupta and filmmaker Avinash Das.

The Habitat Film Festival is being held until May 28 at the India Habitat Centre.

Other movies which are yet to be screened here include “East is East”, “Maroon”, “Trapped”, “Cholai”, “Sadgati”, “Mukti Bhawan”, “Mantra”, “Aakrosh”, “Veeram”, “Ardh Satya” and “Haraamkhor”. (IANS)

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Censor Calls for Change of Title of “Cheat India”

"I'm sure this title transition from 'Cheat India' to 'Why Cheat India' won't hamper the business and motive of our film."-Emraan Hashmi

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Lack of time left the makers of “Cheat India” no choice but to agree to a new title “Why Cheat India” upon the censor board’s suggestion. But the film’s actor and producer Emraan Hashmi says it is “illogical” and “ridiculous”.

“Why Cheat India” is about the education system. It marks Emraan’s debut as a producer.

Asked what happened that the title had to be changed last minute, just days before its release, Emraan told IANS here: “CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) members found the title misleading. According to them, our film is showing India in negative light. But that’s what it is…what we are showing is a mirror to the system…they should understand it.”

He said at the end of the day, it all boils down to the education system.

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Emraan Hashmi’s Movie faces name change by Censor

“Fundamentally, if the system has an open and analytical thinking, then you would not do such illogical things. Changing the film’s title at the last moment does not make any sense.

“The ‘Cheat India’ title has been there for a year… CBFC approved all our promos earlier, but now what they have done is absolutely illogical. There is no logic at all,” a visibly upset Hashmi told IANS here on Friday while promoting the film.

However, he feels the title change won’t impact the motive of the film.

“I am happy that our audience is mature enough to judge a particular film. They watch film for the content, not for the title. I’m sure this title transition from ‘Cheat India’ to ‘Why Cheat India’ won’t hamper the business and motive of our film.”

Hashmi’s co-star and debutante Shreya Dhanwanthary expressed her anger over the CBFC’s decision.

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She said: “I don’t understand how censor board can smoothly pass the films which impart a lot of violence and vulgarity, but they have problems with social issue based film like ‘Cheat India’.”

Directed by Soumik Sen, “Why Cheat India” is scheduled to release on January 18. It was earlier due to hit the screens on January 25 along with “Manikarnkika: The Queen of Jhansi” and “Thackeray”. ( IANS)