Movies should draw from reality and one’s own experiences in life rather than the imagination, according to South Indian film director Blessy Iype Thomas. [Indian filmmaker stresses reality over imagination]
Blessy is the director of the films Kaazha (Mammotty) and Thanmatra (Mohanlal) and both the films have won praise from critics and Award Juries.
When we were kids one of the most popular films was My Dear Kuttichathan. Even though the film became a hit due to the 3-D effects, it had a good story and adults enjoyed it as well. There was nothing connected to reality in that movie, but still as audience we liked it because it was a well made movie.
Later we liked many of Priyadarshan’s movies like Chitram and Vandanam. Those movies had contrived stories, contrived scenes and unbelievable twists in the plot. But then we did not care, for it provided us good clean entertainment and at those moments we did not even wonder from which English movie he had stolen them. Few years back, we saw the film Meesha Madhavan, a well made comedy.
In English movies, we have watched the Indian Jones series as well the James Bond movies many many times. The Harry Potter movies and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy are all products of wonderful imagination. Finding Nemo and Toy Story, which use neoteric animation techniques captured our minds.
Movies based on reality is one genre, but that is not the only one. That would be like eating rice and sambhar every day. Some days we want Gobi Manchurian and some days dosa from the thattu kada.
There are many genres in which films are not made in Malayalam, for example – Children’s movies. We also like to see good drama, thrillers, horror, science fiction and historicals. Sadly very few movie makers try these.
As audience, we want good cinema and are not very particular if it is based on reality or imagination. If Blessy wants to make reality based movies, it is fine. But suggesting that movies should always be based on reality is pure hubris and an insult to film makers of other genres.
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