The third day of the ongoing Jagran Film Festival at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi was about learning, understanding and gathering knowledge about its past. During special session held on ‘Independent Film Production’ on Monday, veteran film-maker Shyam Benegal answered audience’s queries related to the film industry.  

Benegal, who directed several sensitive cinemas like Ankur, Nishant, Manthan, Bhumika and Charandas Chor, while replying the audience’s questions said that arranging budget proves to be main hurdle for making a film in an independent manner.

Benegal said that he himself made several films with financial support of many people in the society. They are low budget movies, he added. He also said that there should be variety when it comes to cinemas otherwise the audience will get bored watching the same content on screen repeatedly.

Observing that this has happened earlier, the independent film production is a platform for new directors and producers in the film industry. On being asked about the huge remuneration of the actors in the films, Benegal said that the artistes should see into it that they are not just working for money.

He also said that once a movie performs well at the box office, the actors raise their fees, which is not actually good for their long career.

Actor Pawan Malhotra, who acted in movies like Bagh Bahadur, Salim Langre Pe Mat Ro and Black Friday, was also present in the event along with Benegal.

Taking part in the interactive session, Malhotra said that though it’s easier for the independent filmmakers to produce movies, it’s difficult for them to release these. He further said that such films can get space in multiplexes and cinema halls only during morning and night shows.


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