Balu Mahendra unhappy as he has not been invited for Chennai Film Festival

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Saturday, Sep 21, 2013

Balu Mahendra unhappy as he has not been invited for Chennai Film Festival

A two day seminar titled ‘Influence of Tamil Literature on Tamil Cinema’ commenced in Chennai on Friday. The event is held on behalf of Sahitya Academy.  

Director Balu Mahendra, writers Ponneelan, Nanjil Naadan, N Muthuswamy, Tamil movie directors as Gnanasekaran, Sasi, Amshan Kumar, Gauthaman, K Srinivasa Rao, who is the Secretary of Sahitya Academy,Krishnaswamy Nachimuthu, and A S Ilangovan, who is Regional Secretary of Sahitya Academy are participating in the seminar. 


Director Balu Mahendra spoke during the event: -


Satyajit Ray made a movie based on ‘Pather Panchali’, novel written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay.  The writer, on viewing the movie by Satyajit Ray, made accusations on Satyajit Ray.  The writer said that many of the portions in the novel had been omitted in the movie, and that Satyajit Ray included messages of his own in the movie.  But Satyajit Ray did not give any answer to the writer.

A creative artiste in cinema has freedom to include new matters, or omit what is there in story out of which he makes movie. 

I forward a request to writers… Stop blaming cinema.  Why do not you learn the cinema language, and enter cinema? I have been telling for a long time that film appreciation should be included in lessons in schools and colleges.  Nobody seems to heed my suggestion.’

Director Balu Mahendra spoke about the Centenary Celebrations of Indian Cinema: -

‘I have not been invited for Centenary Celebrations of Indian Cinema held by South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce.  May be because I am a very small entity, they have not invited me.  So, I am not going to participate in the event.’

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