“My film (Char : The No-Man’s Island) is being shown in Japan and other international film festivals, but it has no takers in India,” said director Sourav Sarangi, demanding special theaters in the country to screen ‘offbeat’ films, at a press conference during the ‘Meet the Directors – Indian Feature and Non-feature films’ section at 43rd International Film Festival of India in Goa.
Young Indian film makers of the New Wave Cinema asserted that there “are dedicated viewers for their films but in the absence of a proper distribution mechanism the films are not being released in multiplexes.”
The director of Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan Gurvinder Singh, Abhijit Mazumdar of Vanishing Point and Unni Vijayan of Lessons in Forgetting were also present.
Recently at an event in IFFI 2012, Shyam Benegal had also asked the film fraternity in India to mull over how New Wave Cinema can be marketed . See here.
Also, earlier in the year, 16 noted film makers from across the country had joined hands to submit a petition to the Information and Broadcasting minister suggesting allocation of Rs. 200 crore for centenary celebration of Indian cinema towards building low-cost theatres dedicated for Indie films. See here for full story.