Guwahati: The inaugural ceremony of the much-anticipated third edition of the Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) on Thursday witnessed a table discussion in relation to Indian and foreign cinemas with comments from eminent filmmakers and delegates participating across the globe.
Celebrated actor Adil Hussain, while addressing a gathering at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra auditorium, proposed that international film festivals should also be spread out to other towns of the state as film is a powerful medium and it can connect and develop ‘human sensitivity’ among a larger audiences.
Speaking with EastMojo, the National Award-winning actor said that mini models of an international film festival like ‘GIFF’ can be held in other towns of state including Goalpara, Dibrugarh, Silchar and Tezpur, among others, so that people can have a good taste of foreign cinema and take away positive learnings from them.
“We can organise small film festivals at schools too so that students can get an opportunity to watch good films,” the Life of Pie actor added.
Interestingly, Hussain further expressed that the art of filmmaking, which philosophises life and shapes our emotional make-up is sadly facing a downside in today’s world as it is treated as a product because it requires a huge investment of money to make a movie.
“Nearly 90 percent of the movies that are made across the globe are treated as products today, and in intention to earn money, there is always a tendency of adding spice in it to cater the lowest common denominator of a human body, which gets easily rattled and tickled,” Hussain said in the international film forum.
Pointing out that films, other than reflecting the subtle aspects of life, sometimes turn the audiences erratic to an extent that they resort to violence, Hussain expressed that filmmakers should be very careful about the kind of movies they are making.
Speaking about their future prospects of moving ahead with the film festival, chairman of Jyoti Chitraban, Pabitra Margherita, informed that the film society is planning to host satellite versions of film festivals at other parts, especially in the rural and suburban areas of the state soon.
Margherita revealed that the film society is in the process of hosting a satellite version of children’s film festival in Barak Valley of Assam within a span of two months’ time.
“This kind of satellite screenings will provide an opportunity to rural living people to enjoy the taste of world cinema,” Margherita added.
For the first time in its history, Guwahati International Film festival is witnessing a footfall of more than an expected number of nearly 10,000 delegates participating from across the country and globe.
Apart from dignitaries of the country, the opening ceremony of GIFF 2019 was also attended by the ambassadors of South Korea, Taiwan, and Hungary.