Umesh Kulkarni: About the diversity of Indian film



“The diversity of India is unique. The ‘real’ India outside the mega cities still has its own uniqueness with different cultures and languages which should be part of the Indian cinema as well - and should be communicated. This has started to happen, but  the uniqueness is still not realized very much outside India,” explains the Indian film director Umesh Kulkami in this video-clip.

 

Each region has its own style of making films
“India consists of a lot of states with each their own languages and cultures, and every regional language has its own style of making films,” explains Umesh Kulkami in this video-clip. He ads that there is a common element of ethos, however, which connects the states:

“Many people outside India perceive the Indian film industry as only Bollywood. But recently, the regional film makers have started to show their films outside India as well. The last 5-10 years, people outside India have started to realize that there is something beyond Bollywood,” he says.

Entering the film market’s distribution network is an up-hill battle for these regional films because of the Bollywood films’ huge market dominance, but a community of independent and semi-independent film makers are increasingly giving strength to each other.

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Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni is a Marathi film director. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Born in 1976 in Pune. In 2011 he received a National Film Award, ‘Best Film’, for the film ‘Deool’.

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