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Divide between parallel, commerial cinema created by media: Kasarvall

Posted on Nov 28, 10:19AM | UNI

Renowned Kannada filmmaker and director of the film 'Kurmavatara', Girish Kasarvalli today said there is a thin line between serious and mainstream cinema and that the division of parallel and commercial cinema has been created by the media.

Interacting with reporters on the sidelines of the screening of his film under Special Tribute Section at 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, he said this division was not demarcated by filmmakers as they always want to make 'good films'.

Asked whether his films have changed over the years, Kasarvalli said 'Film making is like breathing. We don't notice the changing pattern in our breathing while doing different activities in our life; similarly it is not for the filmmaker to notice the change, if any. It is for the posterity to decide on it.' He also advocated for the promotion of language films.

Regarding his film 'Kurmavatara', Kasaravalli said he had deliberately kept the pace of the movie slow to have a feel of the subject.

The story of 'Kurmavatara' goes like this: Anand Rao is an aged government employee leading a contented life which turns topsy-turvy when he plays Gandhiji in a mega TV serial. The assignment brings him fame and riches but at the cost of his morality and mental peace.

The title of the film was drawn from the mythological Lord Vishnu's tortoise avatar as a metaphor for the immense stress that great responsibility brings.