24 June, 2021

Amol Palekar

The filmmaker on whats different about the MAMI film festival

Amol Palekar
How apt are the 'parallel' and 'protest' tags for the film festival of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images?
It's unfortunate and media-created. The intention of the group was only to promote good cinematic movement.

How will it be different from other film festivals?
It's completely non-competitive, is similar to the London festival. It will also be very small, with three categories.

And these are?
World Cinema, featuring French Pathe company's 10 films and Italian films that influenced Indian film-makers; Milestones, examining landmarks in Indian cinema; and Retrospective, looking into Mumbai's century-long association with films.

Will it be Eurocentric and Mumbaicentric, despite ambitious categories.
Our exposure veers too much towards Hollywood. But contributions from China, Korea, Japan and Latin America are equally important.

Your long-term plans towards this?
Mumbai has spawned so many giants. Next we could have a retro on Sohrab Modi. There are so many major film companies from...

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