Posted on November 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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Alia Bhatt at IFFI Day 7: I am a complete director’s actor

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Today marks the seventh day of the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Besides having the screening of Ocean of an Old Man, a master class by Atom Egyon and a forum discussion on the digital revolution in cinema, here’s what all else happened.


Panel Discussion: World Economic Forum

(L-R) Sudhanshu Vats, Ekta Kapoor and Karan Johar
(L-R) Sudhanshu Vats, Ekta Kapoor and Karan Johar

A forum discussion on ‘World Economic’ was held at IFFI on day 7. Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor and Sudhanshu Vats were in attendance and spoke at the forum discussion.

 Here’s what Karan Johar had to say:

We used to be the mothership but we now feel like a stepchild. We are so surrounded by technology and so distracted that Cinema has taken a backseat. We’ve had an unfortunate year cinematically and theatrically. One can gauge the kind of collections a film does through their genre. We’ve lost the ability of beauty and essence of filmmaking. It’s all about numbers now. Only an Indian can teach us Indian filmmaking with an interval. No institute abroad will do this.

Sudhanshu Vats

We’re in the golden age of content. Much more is coming up because there’s hunger.

Ekta Kapoor

Collaborations are potential possibilities. Expertise is much underrated in India. In money vs talent, talent always wins.

Panel Discussion on How to make your next film for young producers and writers

Vijay Singh, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Anupama Chopra
Vijay Singh, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Anupama Chopra

A panel discussion on How to make your next film for young producers and writers was held on Day 7 of IFFI. The session was moderated by Anupama Chopra with panelists Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Vijay Singh.

Ekta Kapoor

You need to think if the film has the capacity to draw audiences out of their house.

Karan Johar

One can upload their scripts on our website. It’s also a matter of chance, Failures on Friday are heartbreaking. You have to contemplate failure and relieved with success. Only the artists survive. Write lots of pages of what you don’t want in the film.

Siddharth Roy Kapur

It’s a struggle but if you’re at the right place at the right time, you can make yourself noticed. There’s denial, anger and forgiveness after failures. We don’t have strict piracy laws.

Vijay Singh

If you’re passionate and hungry and love what you’re doing, don’t give up. Every successful film has a right budget, it has to be a sustainable business.

Anupama Chopra

Cinema is Saraswati and Lakshmi ka mishran.

In conversation with Alia Bhatt at the Kala Academy

Alia Bhatt spoke at length at the Kala Academy on day 7 of IFFI. Here is a gist of what she spoke about.

“I don’t think I’ve established myself at all, I think I’ve just started. I am just about finding my space. I always decided that I won’t make a bucket list, I’ll take everything as it comes. I am a complete director’s actor”

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