Filmmakers for separate section of mainstream films in Panorama

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Panaji, Nov 25 (UNI) Stating that the look of parallel films was changing, filmmakers today opined that a separate section for mainstream films should be included in the Film festival rather than including it in the Indian Panorama.

Chairman of the selection committee of the Indian Panorama K N T Sastry said they had to include five mainstream films (box office hits) in the Indian Panorama as it was mandatory. ''It is a true reflection of the Indian Panorama and they were selected as it was just mandatory to have the "Box Office Hits" included,'' he said, while speaking at an Open Forum on Indian Panorama.

Pointing out that he was not against mainstream films, he said, ''The government should have to ponder over the issue if inclusion of the Box Office Hits in the Indian Panorama was serving the purpose. It is true that box office hits do not need a platform as they are already big hits.'' While he pointed out that the Panorama was losing its value, filmmaker Jabbar Patel, who also participated in the open forum opined that the Panorama was going through a transition phase as Indian Cinema was itself changing.

''The look of the mainstream films has changed. The commercial films should also be recognised. New filmmakers should be given a platform,'' he added.

Mr Patel said the Indian Panorama was a platform for the Indian talent to get recognition in the world.

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