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How to improve our movies…

As the 5th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) gets set to begin, I am reminded of a quote from R.K. Narayanan’s ‘The Writerly Life’.

…The only way in which our films can be improved is to float a company and collect at least one crore of rupees*. The company will buy every picture produced as soon as it is available and put it out of sight. After all, people make pictures only in order to make money. Our company will give back the capital plus profit. One crore will be thrown away, but it will save a very large public from cultivating a corrupt taste. We must have a nation-wide organisation for buying every picture in this country…

* The essays are collected works from the 1950s-80s, where a crore of rupees went a long way. Today, even a small budget film costs a lot more than that…


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