Bollywood film maker Farah Khan is known to make big budget commercial films. Her films do a great business at the Box Office and entertain the masses. Eight years back her film was released, Om Shanti Om, which was a huge hit and was known for its songs, dancing sequences and the reincarnation story. The film was recently showcased at the 37th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF).
Farah Khan however, feels that commercial and massy films are looked down upon in India, especially when it comes to film festivals. She added, “When a foreign film festival honours you, I think, for us in a way, they understand your movie. They get the business aspect of your movie. But I think in India, the organizers of film festivals tend to look down upon commercial hit films.” Farah Khan has given some huge hits at the Box office like in 2004 Main Hoon Na and in 2014 Happy New Year.
Farah Khan also says that the commercial film makers are invited to film festivals just to draw footfall. She further added, “They (people at film festivals) want to go for the niche highbrow intellectual films, but at the same time, they want the commercial actors and directors to come for the festivals, as that’s what draws in the crowd and the press.” Farah at the same time hopes that in the coming times both commercial and non- commercial films will be showcased in the film festivals. She also said, “I think if they had a mix of both, it would be ideal… especially if they did not ignore the good commercial movies.”
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