IIFA should recognise Indian regional films as well: Big B

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Bangkok, Jun 7 (UNI) Moving away from the ''complete domination'' of the Hindi films, the annual India International Film Academy (IIFA) awards, will soon start recognising other regional films also.

The IIFA movement, which was gaining popularity year after year in different continents of the world, need to highlight the other Indian films also, Hindi cinema megastar, Amitabh Bachchan, told UNI in an interview here on the sidelines of the annual IIFA weekend.

The IIFA governing council will soon take a decision on nominating other Indian regional films for the awards, he added.

The Big B, brand ambassador for the IIFA, said, ''In the past, IIFA events had presence of regional film stars, including Mohanlal, Mammoty and others''.

Mr Bachchan said the Indian films need to brace up and combat the onslaught of the Hollywood films whose regional laungage dubbed prints had been more successful than those of the Indian films.

Talking about the ''Spiderman'', which proved very successful on the Indian screens, he said films, where no human relations were involved and revolved around fantasies, had seen good turnouts.

He, however, said such onslaughts by the Hollywood films would in no way impact the Indian cinema which was being recognised the world over every year though they need to compete aggressively.

The economic liberalisation of the country had enabled other nations to have a look on it and this had helped the Indian cinema to gain ground everywhere especially in the US and Europe where some of the Hindi films had been receiving rousing openings, the actor said.

This had necessitated the spread of IIFA to various parts of the world inpromoting Indian cinema, he added.

He referred to an incident in Paris a few years ago when he saw a foreigner humming a song of one of his films. He went up to the man and asked him about the song and the man said that he saw the film.

Mr Bachchan said multiplication of the television channels had also given tremendous opportunity to young filmmakers who can always join the main line of film making after having some experience for the same from small screen film making.

''New ideas and technology were flowing into the industry'', he added.

He said there could be collaborations between Hollywood and Bollywood actors in the near future.

Recalling his more than four decade association with the Bollywood, the actor said over the years cinema, which was once considered a taboo and sin and people would not have links with, had emerged as a respectable industry and people look upon it with admiration.

Expressing happiness over the rising career graph of his son Abhishek, Mr Bachchan said it was good to see members his family shining in the industry.

''It's not witnessed in film industry alone, even in other professions we see children emulating their parents'', he said.

Asked about the roles he would like to play, the actor said he had played almost all the roles he would have loved to play and now he can only play a retired officer, an aged parent something that would suit his age.


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