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Slump in Bollywood benefits regional cinema

Posted on: July 8, 2009

Artist and acclaimed short filmmaker K.M. Madhusudhanan, who has directed award-winning Malayalam film Bioscope, says that regional cinema is now getting noticed because Bollywood is going through a slump.

Slump in Bollywood benefits regional cinemaBollywood has reached stagnancy over the years with repetitive story lines, songs, stunts, etc. Even the so-called new films are predictable. As a result, I feel that regional films are getting more attention, Madhusudhanan told IANS in an e-mail interview.

The recent commercial trends clearly show that Bollywood ventures are by and large a failure, he added.

Talking about Bioscope, he said: This is a film about movies and how moving images came into the lives of ordinary people living in remote parts of the country.

Made in 2008, Bioscope starred Walter Wagner, Murugan, Ramgopal Bajaj, Nedumbram Gopi, Bharathan Njarakkal, T.V. Gangadharan, Mekha Rajan, Kuttiyedathi Vilasini, Nilamboor Ayesha and Anusha Mohan. Though it has travelled to several international film festivals and won awards, it has not yet been commercially released.

Asked if he would like to direct a Hindi film, Madhusudhanan said: If Bollywood is ready to support a completely new vision in cinema, I will certainly make films for Bollywood. I would not compromise on the quality of production and artistic freedom.

Born in Kerala, Madhusudhanan has made many experimental short films like Razor, Blood And Other Tales, History Is A Silent Film and Self Portrait among others.

His Bioscope won five Kerala State Film Awards and also bagged international awards like the Best Cinematography Award at SAIFF (South Asian International Film Festival), New York, a Special Mention at the International Jury Mannheim-Heidelberg and the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Jury Award for Best Asian Film.

Source: IANS

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