It is the first time Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), a two-day entertainment and business conclave, event took place in Hyderabad on December 1.
The event was alaso attended by actor Kamal Haasan.We had a talk with him as he told us more about the issues the industry is facing and his vision for Indian cinema.
Read on, to know more about it.
So Mr. Kamal since taxes have been a hot topic at this meting what is your take on the issue?
“FICCI has been working since decades, bringing ‘industry’ status to the entertainment sector. Several state governments have slashed entertainment taxes on our request. If the entertainment tax is legislated without a few modifications and revisions, there could be a ` 5,000 crores black market in show business in the country and many might stop making movies. Governments shouldn’t control ticket prices in theatres. Let us give exhibitors the freedom to decide the prices.”
Do you think we will win more Oscars in the days to come?
“Indian filmmakers shouldn’t crave for the Oscar. We have to improve the quality of cinema have to create a higher standard than the Oscar Awards. I hope to see a day when Hollywood movie makers take pride in winning an Indian award,” he explains.
What do you think can improve the qualities of our movies?
“Every profession has training schools. Even actors and technicians should have their schools. Film schools will familiarize aspiring actors and technicians with the demands of the industry before they start working. This will enhance the quality of cinema,”
At a time when film pundits are urging filmmakers to reduce filmmaking budgets, big stars like Rajinikanth are part of huge budget films. What does he have to say about that?
Recently Endhiran movie has done really well, it was made on a huge budget, does this add to the success of the film?
“Endhiran” is successful not because of the content, but due to the marketing strategy and of course. Rajini is a saleable star. Huge-budget films are good as long as they have solid content,”
Producers often say superstars charge very huge amounts, and some have even suggested that they should cut down their pay a bit, what do you have to say?
“I will reduce my remuneration if I am assured that I’ll get pension after retirement. We are paid the fee in tandem with market. If we don’t earn that kind of revenue, will producers pay us such remuneration?” he reasons.
You have always pushed their limits in performing versatile roles and in your upcoming movie you have actively participated in the songwriting process, what keeps you going?
“I have a lot of dream roles and will continue to do something different. My urge to do versatile roles is a continuous process. If the script is exciting, I might even do a Telugu film,”
We are sure people from the Telugu industry will be ringing your phone in a few minute
Thank you Mr. Kamal for your time, we wish your movie success and hope Indian movies reach great heights in the coming times.