Not many interested in making children’s films: Nandita Das

November 05, 2009

Nandita Das photo 200x170New Delhi, ( Lamenting that they could not find even 12 good children’s films made in India to make up an Indian section in the children’s film festival, actor and now the chairperson of the Children’s Film Society (CFSI) Nandita Das said that not many filmmakers are interested in making movies for children.

“Not enough filmmakers are interested in making children’s films. The main reason is that the economics affect the distribution of the film. Logistically, children’s films here are not very viable commercially,” Das said at a press conference in the capital Wednesday.

Das said that while she wanted an Indian films section in the upcoming 16th International Children’s Film Festival in Hyderabad, she could find only a handful of eligible films.

“We found only six good children’s films made in India which made us re-think on making a special section for the Indian film category. In the festival there will be 70 films – both international and Asian – which will be showcased,” she said.

Das, howeve,r added that well known director Vishal Bharadwaj and noted lyricist and director Gulzar have expressed their keen interest in making films in this genre.

“Both Vishal Bharadwaj and Gulzar will be coming for the film festival and participate in the open forums. Gulzar will be in the panel discussion on the subject ‘How do we define children’s films?’ ” she said.

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