They’ve brandished the director’s baton quite successfully and have proved that sandalwood is not a man’s world alone. Shruti IL talks to three women Kannada film-makers who are all set to rule 2013.
The road ahead: We filmmakers should come up with more original scripts this year. We also need to think of stories that come with a universal appeal. The interest my recent venture, Edegarike, has generated oversees makes me hopeful. Coming back to the topic, I also hope for the industry to get more producer-friendly in 2013.
Personally: As for me, I am looking to try my hand at different genres. People say I restrict myself to underworld related subjects, but Edegarike has been the only film that centred itself around that subject. Slum Bala spoke of police and politicians while Kallara Santhe was a political satire. I may direct the second part of Aa Dinagalu but apart from this, I am also considering directing two socially relevant films.
On fellow women directors: Each of us identify with different genres and this in turn provides our audience with variety. Our approach to film making also makes us stand out from each other. Personally I have enjoyed Kavitha’s Deveeri. Her Preethi Prema Pranaya was also path breaking. I am looking forward to Roopa’s Chandra.
The road ahead: I hope we figure out ways to be more supportive of and market art house and small budget films this year. We can begin by facilitating exclusive cinema halls in every district may be. Opening film clubs in educational institutions in order to condition youngsters to watch meaningful cinema is also something that needs to be done on a large scale. Lastly, I feel we should try and understand the language of cinema. Films are not about dialogues alone!
Personally: I am planning to make a serious film this year. I will also be concentrating on my underproduction serial and an ongoing project through which I acquaint school children to rural life.
On fellow women directors: Edegarike, a film that I enjoyed watching last year, is most definitely one of Suman’s finer attempts. It would be interesting to see her dabble with a different genre than that of the underworld this year. As for Roopa, she is making a film in both Tamil and Kannada and this is indeed commendable.
The road ahead: This year I foresee many Kannada film-makers making attempts to take their films beyond our border. This kind of a trend will provide an opportunity for our filmmakers and actors to expand their horizons. For instance with my film Chandra, Prem will be making a debut in Tamil while Shreya and Vivek will be coming to Kannada.
Personally: Apart from my film, I also hope to complete my research work on philosophy. Once this is done, I want to travel the world and share my knowledge of the same.
On fellow women directors: Being a woman director and that too a successful one is no mean feat. It’s difficult to initially get people to respect you for who you are is what I have found out during the making of both Mukhaputa and Chandra. The situation becomes even more difficult if you don’t have any godfathers in the industry. So I value the contributions of all these women. As for films, I loved watching Edegarike this year.