Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tra La La

I just returned from a 5-day film-bazaar event in Goa. Lots of big names were there. While I chatted and chin-chined with Shaji N. Karun, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Anurag Kashyap and Mr. Shyam Benegal, I realised its a long road. To get anywhere. Recognition is more than just a drink with the boys. There are, apparently, over 50,000 documentary filmmakers in India. All trying to bite into the distribution pie. "Sell my film, its good", they all say. So much promise. No avenues. We are, after all, step-sons and step-daughters of the Indian film industry. There are no trifle puddings for us. But someday something will happen. Our film is finding it so hard to make an entry into the Landmarks and Crosswords of India. On a crossroads. Which way now? When people like Shaji Karun come to such an event pitching their project for funding what chance does a little-known to almost unknown filmmaker like me have? God bless us. God bless Mr. Doshi for opening his doors to us. Thank God for that. Just that is enough. :)