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Content more important than money: Menon

Posted on Nov 24, 09:54PM | IBNS

Filmmaker Anjali Menon believes content of a movie is more important than the money it earns at the box office, while her colleague Nandan Saxena also echoes her thought and feels profits are not everything in life.

Directors from Indian Panorama interacted with media here on Saturday.

Director of Malyalam film 'Majadikuru', Anjali Menon said that her film set in 1980s is a 16day story of a family that comes together to attend a funeral.

Interacting with press, she said as long as a film touches masses it is main stream cinema.

"A good film is a good film, it is distributors and buyers who divide it in to main stream and other kind of cinema," said Menon.

She said to encourage good cinema effort be made to take it beyond festival.

Ten-year-old Vicky arrives in a small village in Kerala, but the entire story is narrated to the viewers by the grown-up Vicky who returns to the same ancestral home years later.

His adult reflections are juxtaposed against the childhood visual narrative- bringing to life the magic of childhood and a past era. In the midst of the family infighting and mourning,

Vicky befriends his younger cousins Konnan and Manikutty and the servant girl Raja. Alongside, they also witness the changing pattern of relationships in their disintegrating family.

Directors of film 'Cotton For My Shroud', Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl said that this film was made in five years and characters are real.

Nandan said profits are not everything in life.

"As a journalist we have tried to tell a story that we wanted," Nandan said. "This film investigates what is wrong with agriculture in India."

The film is in English having dialogues in Marathi and Hindi at places.

Since 1995, a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide, most of them cotton farmers from Vidarbha, Maharashtra.

This film tries to understand what is driving cotton farmers to despair. Narrated in the first person, it gives the audience a window into the drama and despair that form the warp and weft of life at Vidarbha.

Director of Bengali film 'Birds Of Passage', Ashim Paul said that he made this film as a student. The idea behind this film is to convey that life is an endless search for love, truth, courage and this search is driving force of the story.

This film reveals the story of the lives of three individuals.

Elena, a Russian ballerina, and Maitreyee, an Indian banker, share their feminine ideas about man.

Pranay, a writer and philosopher, makes these women aware of the definition of completeness.

They also understand that Pranay was never made for them.

However, Pranay's search for the absolute truth condemns the two women to their own world. Elena's desire to see Pranay for one last time makes her drive through the never-ending highway to the horizon.