Upgrade Mysuru Dasara Film Festival to Mysuru Dasara International Film Festival: P Sheshadri

District in-charge Minister V Somanna inaugurates workshop on 'Film story writing'

Mysuru, September 20:- “Nada Habba ‘Mysuru Dasara Film Festival’ should be upgraded to Mysuru Dasara International Film Festival,” opined National Award winning Kannada filmmaker-director P Sheshadri.

He was speaking as a special invitee at the “Film story writing workshop 2019,” as part of ‘Dasara Chalanachitrotsava’ organised by the Mysuru Dasara Film sub-committee held at Vijnana Bhavan of Manasagangothri, University of Mysore, here on Friday.

Earlier, Mysuru district in-charge Minister V Somanna who inaugurated the workshop recalled his days when he was newly married and went into sleep after watching the movie ‘Hombisilu,’ for 10 minutes. Participants at the workshop should not only gain from the experiences of cinema experts, but also emulate their qualities with determination and challenge to reach the pinnacle, he added.

The film festival which was held in Bengaluru was also started in Mysuru two years ago after questions were raised on film festivals being organised only in Bengaluru. Mysuru Dasara is a world famous event. Mysuru will get more world recognition if Dasara Film Festival is held at international level, he said.

“Government should take necessary steps to take the film festival to international level. Golden Howdah carried by jumbo is not the only attraction in Nada Habba ‘Mysur Dasara.’ Mysuru is also called as ‘cultural city’ and many cultures are also showcased here during Mysuru Dasara at many platforms. Cinema is also one among these cultures. For a film to be hit, not just the director or hero is important. The story is the most important,” he added.

“The soul of a movie is screenplay. A movie includes 90 per cent of screenplay and 10 per cent of makeover, he said. He congratulated the government on behalf of the film industry for organising such workshop prior to start of Mysuru Dasara. In South Indian movies, Kannada movies stood after Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. But last year 430 films went for censor and 371 were certified by the Censor Board and among them 278 were released. This is a great number compared to previous years. The number of movies being released is not important. Quality of movies is more important. Kannada film industry will be in number one position soon. Cinema industry should attract more audience and not get engaged in producing more movies,” he added.

MLC K T Srikante Gowda, Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath, Deputy Mayor Shafi Ahmed, Zilla Panchayat vice president Gowramma Somashekar, Taluk Panchayat president Kalamma Kemparamaiah, Dasara Film sub-committee president Jayaprakash, Dasara special officer BN Girish, secretary BG Govindaraju, national award winning film director BS Lingadevaru and others were present. (NGB, KS)

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