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02-11-2013, 11:19 PM #1
A good filmmaker should have clear context: Shyam BenegalIt is how one contextualises a thing that makes the difference between a good film and a bad film, believes Shyam Benegal, the director of many good films.
He feels much of the communication today is not genuine and honest.
"Look at television. Everything is Breaking News and you will find much of what comes is totally out of context. You get people's consent not necessarily because they actually consent, but you manufacture that consent from them without context. Filmmakers have been doing that forever and to me, that is the difference between a good film and a bad film," said the veteran filmmaker.
"If you are making a good film, your context has to be absolutely clear. You can't do that by cheating. If you don't contextualise a thing, then you are either manipulating your audience or you are just simply being a fool who doesn't know how to communicate," he said during an interaction with students of Annapurna International School of Film and Media, owned and run by the family of Telugu thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
The maker of movies like "Ankur", "Nishant", "Manthan" and "Bhumika" said the ideas of social justice, the change and gender justice had always been important for him.
He recalled how Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's words on various components of communication inspired him....being a human...