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India's Indie Filmmakers Question New Wave

Magazine article Screen International

India's Indie Filmmakers Question New Wave

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The concept of the Indian New Wave has been over-hyped and doesn't reflect the current situation in Indian cinema, said Miss Lovely director Ashim Ahluwalia at a DIFF Forum panel yesterday.

He said that clubbing new Indian films together under the New Wave banner could confuse audiences as Indian cinema, unlike Iranian cinema, had no common aesthetics. "A film like [Anurag Kashyap's] Gangs Of Wasseypur is very different from an arthouse Indian film," Ahluwalia said.

He added that the term is convenient for festival programmers but discouraging for filmmakers as it discredits individuality.

However, Ahluwalia agreed that there is a new generation of filmmakers in India coming up with more personal and rooted stories, and the changes are rubbing off on Bollywood too.

"The Bollywood format of the 80s with lots of songs doesn't work any more. The audience wants to see more realistic stuff. Bollywood has moved away from the old style of filmmaking," Ahluwalia said.

Raj Kumar Yadav, who plays the lead in Hansal Mehta's Shahid, said: "Ten years ago, an actor like me wouldn't get work. …

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