Movies branded as ‘art films’ do not reach masses: AdoorAug 1st, 2009 | By editor | Category: Lead Story
Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): Good movies do not reach the people as they are often branded as ‘art films,’ eminent film-maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan said.
“I have never said that I am a maker of art films. I am very much in the mainstream,” Adoor, a six-time National Award winner director-producer, told reporters here.
He was interacting with media after the preview of his latest film Oru Pennum Randanum (titled Climate for Crime in English).
Some works with the ‘art film’ tag got rejected by the audience which prevented people from going to theatres to see films of ‘art directors.’ “But I expect my audience to love my films the way I love them. And I am getting very good response,” he said.
The four chapters of Oru Pennum Randanum, based on short stories of renowned litterateur Thakazhi Shivashankara Pillai, narrate independent stories connected with a recurring theme of crime.
Starting from simple, parable-like tales about ordinary people, the narrative slowly takes on questions of love, loyalty and morality leading to complex issues of life, he said.
Adoor said he did not want it to be called a period film confined to an isolated village in Kerala, as its theme was beyond time and place. “Thakazhi placed his characters in a specific period to make the work more genuine and authentic.”