Amid cheers and claps for the 14th MFF, we spoke to film professionals on what makes this festival special

Aditya Bhattacharya, Director BMW (Bombay’s Most Wanted)

I was waiting for an Indian festival that could hold its own. The truth is, our national festival didn’t quite make the grade. Then I saw the kind of work Srinivasan Narayanan and Uma da Cunha were doing, and the kind of jury they got for the MFF was brilliant. So I thought, ‘It’s not just an Indian festival, it’s my city’s festival’ and we are proud of its global standards. People assume I am making a comeback after 25 years but, in 2006, I made a film which stars Irrfan Khan called Dubai Returns, which did not release.Festivals are very important to those who are working outside the song-and-dance film factory. It is a show window to get recognition. Today, festivals help independent filmmakers to reach out to more filmmakers and distributors.

When I was growing up, I had attended many festivals as I wanted to understand cinema. Then I worked as a business consultant for a few filmmakers. But as a filmmaker, I actually don’t like attending festivals just as singers don’t like attending other singers’ concerts. You feel kind of odd at a festival when you don’t have a film of your own, at least I do. Also I am little spoilt since I grew up as Basu Bhattacharya’s son and Bimal Roy’s grandson. I have never felt any pressure as I always looked at them as guardians who are watching over me.

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