No complaints on film not selected at panorama: Mohanlal

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) Noted Malayalam film actor Mohanlal today said he has no complaints on his latest film "Paradesi" not being selected at the Indian panorama at the ongoing International Film Festival in Goa.

Speaking at a Meet the Press programme, organised by the Kerala Union of Working Journalists (KUWJ) at the Kerala House here, Mr Lal said though his film is a good one, it was not necessary that it should find a place at the panorama section.

"Many of my films had been screened at the panorama earlier and many were not. It is not fair that we ourselves sit in judgement.

The selection is being done by others. I produce good films. That does not mean all should be screened at the panorama," he added.

Paradesi, directed by P T Kunhimohammed, is based on the story of the partition that triggered off an exodus unparalleled in history. The film explores the plight of a few families of Malabar, who were caught in the labyrinth of a system which imposed an alien citizenship upon them without their knowledge. Many who opted to migrate to Pakistan at that time, found themselves to be misfits and returned only to have themselves being treated as aliens in the land of their birth.

Echoing Mr Lal's sentiments, Mr Kunjimohammed said he had nothing more to say on the controversial issue.

Mr Lal, who had acted in more than 300 films, said it was the role in "Paradesi" that gave him "utmost satisfaction" in the 30 years of his career.

Asked whether he would continue to take up any role, he said, "as an actor, I still have the fire in me and am ready to do any role I like." Actress Sweta Menon, who was also present, termed it as a wonderful experience. "My transition from a glamorous role to a serious role is a great turning point in my life," she said.

The film was screened later in the evening.


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