The two-day FICCI convention was held in Chennai recently.
The event was moderated by Radhika Iyer and the participants included Kamal Hassan, Chairman, FICCI MEBC Priyadarshan, Indian film producer, director and screenwriter, Suresh Babu, Telugu film producer, Barrie Osborne, American film producer, Siddharth Roy Kapur, MD, studios, Disney UTV, Mr. Jayaram, actor in Malayalam and Tamil films, Ramesh Arvind, actor, director, producer and also a TV host.
This session served as a platform to discuss the future of the Indian film industry and probe some of the major problems that the industry is witnessing.
Kamal Hassan stressed on the importance of concentrating on the script rather on “imitating the popular culture and dress code.”
Priyadarshan complained on the dearth for good scripts as every filmmaker is focusing on monetary gains rather than on the content.
He also said, “The essence of great theatrical acting is killed by the way in which new actors graduating of the National School of Drama are trying to copy the modes of cinema.”
Osborne and Siddharth Roy Kapur, however, presented a bright picture by elaborating about the changes that the film industry has undergone and were optimistic about its growth into the next century.