Even though Bollywood is bigger in size, it needs to learn from the Tamil film industry, megastar Amitabh Bachchan said here Thursday.
“Bollywood may be bigger in size and popular, but it still needs to learn from the Tamil film industry. I’ve shot for a few films in Tamil Nadu, and built strong camaraderie with the industry, and in turn have understood how disciplined they are and the affection with which they treated me,” Amitabh Bachchan said at the closing ceremony of the 10th Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF).
“This is something Bollywood needs to learn from them,” said Amitabh Bachchan, who was the chief guest at the event.
“The Indian film industry may be the largest in the world but a major proportion of it consists of the southern film industry. The Tamil film industry is the pivotal part in the south and one can’t ignore it come what may,” the actor said.
The CIFF, which began Dec 13, ended Thursday. A total of 154 films from over 50 countries were screened at the festival.
Big B donates Rs.11 lakh to CIFF
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan donated Rs. 11 lakh towards the Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF) as a token of appreciation.
“I’d like to donate Rs. 11 lakh towards CIFF for the relentless effort they’ve put in organize the event. I’ve come to learn that when CIFF was originally formed in 2003, they struggled to raise funds. I don’t want them struggle anymore and therefore have decided to contribute some amount from my end,” Amitabh, who was invited as chief guest, told reporters here Thursday at the fest’s closing ceremony.
Talking about his passion for cinema, Big B said: “I’d be more than happy to be part of many film festivals and be of some help… even if it means that I should be an usher, I’d be more than happy to help”.
The eight-day 10th Chennai International Film Festival screened 154 films.
Cinema can integrate people: Big B
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan feels that cinema is the only medium in the world that has the power to assimilate people from different backgrounds for one common purpose.
“No matter to which race, creed or religion one belongs to, cinema has the power to unite people irrespective of their backgrounds. It’s strange but true that when we sit in a darkened room gazing at moving images on the giant screen, we’re not bothered who’s sitting next to us”, Amitabh told reporters here Thursday.
He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 10th Chennai International Film Festival (CIFF), where he was invited as the chief guest.
“There was a time when cinema was not accessible to everyone. I as a kid was only allowed to watch a film after my parents vetted the movie I was about to watch. But, today, films are accessible to everyone. Thanks to film festivals such as CIFF, cinema has become a parallel culture in India,” he said.
The eight-day-long event, which came to a close Thursday was kicked off on Dec 13. It screened 133 foreign, 12 Tamil and 9 Indian panorama films.
Big B croons ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ at Chennai film fest
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has sung many chartbusters over the years, crooned a few lines of the song “Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein” at the closing ceremony of the 10th Chennai International Film Festival Thursday night.
Amitabh Bachchan, who was the chief guest at the event, also said the dialogues that are part of the song.
Artist-singer Mohamed Illiaz, known for sketching while singing, sketched Amitabh Bachchan on stage as he sang.
Amitabh Bachchan also spoke a few lines in Tamil as he addressed the gathering.
The festival, which spanned over eight days, screened 154 films from over 50 countries.