Politicians are using the idea of faith for building agendas- Umesh Kulkarni
“Politicians are completely using the idea of faith of the common people and trying to set their own agendas”, said filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni, at the ‘In Conversation’ segment with film critic and writer C S Venkiteswaran. “With the money, libraries and basic amenities are not what are being constructed. It is all vote-bank politics, faith is getting manipulated. Politicization of religion is what is happening”, added Kulkarni, whose film ‘Highway’ is being screened in the Jury Films package as he is part of the festival jury.
“My concept of a hit film is different. The numbers are not what matters. When a film strikes a chord inside someone, that is what matters. How deep a film affects someone, the longevity, that is what matters,” said he. “Thanks to digital technology and film festivals, people have started watching, experimenting, and studying cinema. Film clubs should start in major cities, and have screenings every month. That is the ground work that needs to be done. We should even have a channel dedicated to documentaries”, he added.
“Regional films have improved a lot. Films are not just a product; it is a genuine expression of one’s thoughts. We should encourage the production of regional films more, and make it global. And on whether we should focus on international film festivals, I would say that is not the final destination. Our audience is here, we need to make films for them”, asserted Umesh.