Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Kerala CM ready to back 'Abu', if Mollywood demands

A still from the movie <i>Adaminte Makan Abu</i>.
The Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, has said Malayalam film industry has to make a unanimous demand for the state government to extend help to the makers of Adaminte Makan Abu, India’s official entry to the Oscars.

Chandy said, “There seems to be lack of unanimity among the film fraternity on the issue. We are hearing different voices.”
He, however, gave enough indications that the government would chip in if the film industry came forward with one voice.
Meanwhile, noted Bengali film maker Buddhadeb Dasgupta said the government and Malayalam film industry should come forward to help the debutant director showcase his film.
He has a special reason for supporting the film as he was the jury chairman that selected Adaminte Makan Abu this year for state film awards.
“I recommended the film for a couple of international festivals but I don’t know what happened later,’’ said the director whose five films have won national awards for best film.
Dasgupta said Abu’s selection was significant as it was only the second regional film to have been selected as India’s entry at the Oscars, during the past six years.
“From my 35 years experience in the field I can say that government’s track record in helping film makers and films has been poor,” he said.
Meanwhile, film director Vinayan appealed to the film fraternity in the state to support Abu.
“I have already promised to contribute Rs 50,000,’’ he said

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