Hindi film industry needs to pull up its socks: Shekhar Kapur

Vastavam web: Impressed by regional cinema, director Shekhar Kapur, who headed the feature film jury of this year’s National Film Awards, says Hindi film industry needs to pull up its socks.The veteran filmmaker singled out regional films, particularly Malayalam cinema, at the 65th National Film Awards announcement today.When asked whether a divide still exists between the mainstream and regional cinema, Kapur told PTI, “I think Hindi cinema should now become regional cinema.”Jayaraj won his second best director award — this time for Malayalam film “Bhayanakam”. He also won the best adapted screenplay award.

Fahadh Faasil won the best supporting actor award for Malayalam film “Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum”. The movie also won the award for best Malayalam film and took home the honour in best original screenplay category.Santhosh Raman got the award for best production design for “Take Off”. Its actor Parvathy received a special mention.Kapur, known for films such as “Mr India” and “Bandit Queen”, said after having served in the jury, he is ready to come back home and make movies in India.

“I thought, ‘Why should I go back? It should move forward and take up newer challenges’. But after 10 days of watching these films, talking to my jury members, I want to make a film in India.” Kapur said films recognised at the National Awards were supposed to be enjoyed by both audiences and critics.”Awards are given not only to highlight the work done by the filmmakers, they are also given so that audiences actually go and watch the films. These films are not just meant to be viewed by film critics.