"Every film you see at a festival teaches you something. Any good film you see gives you enough motivation and adrenaline rush to produce good content, while a bad film can get you so angry that you produce even better content," Ratnam said.

“Film fests are an opportunity to see different kinds of films that you usually don't get to watch. When I am part of a jury then I get to judge films but otherwise I attend festivals to watch two or three films a day and network with a gathering of cinema lovers from all over," he added.

Ratnam, who is a regular visitor of film festivals, is looking forward to the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) to be held between June 27 and 29.

Ratnam, who has a fascination for film fests, has been part of several Indian and International film events.

 “The concept of a film festival in Ladakh is fantastic. I think it's a beautiful place and its cinematic geography makes it even more fitting. It is also a proof of penetration of cinema into the nook and corner of our country. The organizers deserve to be appreciated,” he said.

He also praised the scenic beauty of Ladakh.
"If you look at any film fest, the setting gives it colour. Be it Goa, Cannes or even Berlin in the winter, the setting makes these festivals special and gives it a definition. I think Ladakh film fest, which takes place amid mountains and picturesque locations, is special that way," he said.
The focus of Ladakh International Film Festival this year will be on contemporary Korean films.

Kamal Swaroop’s ‘Rangbhoomi’ will open the fest whereas Anurag Kashyap’s yet-to-be-released ‘Ugly’ will have a special Green Carpet premiere in the fest.

Talking about the Indian film festivals, Ratnam said, “In India, we have several film fests but I think it is celebration of cinema all over. It only varies in size, budget and the enthusiasm with which the people involve to organize it. Therefore, it is always about different kinds of films and the warmth that's being felt.”

Emphasizing on the purpose of film festivals, he said, “Film festivals should not only celebrate cinema and its masters but should also encourage cross-cultural interaction. It is an opportunity to see how films in some other countries are made versus our very own. It is a platform to rub shoulders with talent from all over."

On the filmmaking front, Ratnam is currently busy scripting his next project. The film is said to be a trilingual featuring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu and Aishwarya Rai.

"Nothing has been finalised. I am still writing and only when I complete it, will I be able to confirm my cast," he said.


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