Open Forum- Day 6
The fifth session of Open Forum at 22nd IFFK was prominent due to the focus of the discussion as well as the panellists. V C Harris Pavilion was passionately discussing the changing form and content in Malayalam cinema with the eminent directors including Dileesh Pothen , Mahesh Narayan and Madhupal on Wednesday. C.S. Venkiteswaran was moderating the discussion and he started with the changes that occurred in both mainstream and parallel/ independent Malayalam Cinema.
The discussion continued with Mahesh Narayan’s recalling of his experience as an editor and said here is a huge breakdown has happened over the discipline and format of cinema. The classical form and process of filmmaking have lost, he said. Sometimes due to the lack of a strong script, the director losses the direction when the shooting progresses. He concluded by telling the importance of the form and how the classic method of filmmaking is more productive.
Dileesh Pothen disagreed his colleague’s viewpoint by sharing his own experience. He said his films were about 80% different from the script that the team made initially. When the film turns into digital, it gives freedom to the filmmaker to quest for perfection. It saved the stereotyped actors from their images and we could provide more space and time to get the best out of them. The extra visuals are not non-essential or luxury, it is for developing and upbringing the finest from your efforts.
Madhupal observed the new trend of short films and the possibilities of storytelling in cinema. He said, there are new subjects every day and even a moment of life turns into an amazing film now a days. The stories may be the same but the storytelling has undergone vast changes, he added. He also supported his colleague’s opinion on the importance of script.
Dileesh Pothen talking at the Open Forum of day 6