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    Neglecting theatre going audience due to OTT not good for cinema: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan

    Streaming content on a computer screen never matches the unique “feel” of drama, believes director Sanal Kumar Shashidharan, who says filmmakers must respect loyal moviegoers, no matter how small the community. Shasidharan, who is known for the acclaimed Malayalam titles of Durga and Chola, said the film is for the big screen.

    “I shoot movies with a different perspective. (When I direct) I’m not thinking of making a film with a specific idea of ​​taking pictures somewhere. If you ask me where I am going to show it, I have no clue when to make it.

    Even if it’s for a handful of audience members, producers should primarily show movies in theaters and then look at its OTT (over-the-top) options.

    “Some people never go to the theater, they wait for the movie to come on TV or OTT. But there are quite a few people who are waiting for the film to come to theaters and want to see it on the big screen. It is a community and we must respect that community. If you are neglecting them because their size is small or they are not giving you economic benefits, I think it is not good for movies or even community feeling, ”said Shashidharan.

    In the wake of the Covid-1 pandemic epidemic, streaming platforms became the movie of choice for many filmmakers when theaters were closed across the country as per government regulations.

    The states of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Telangana, and Karnataka have allowed the exhibition sector to resume operations as cases have dropped in the second wave of the epidemic. Some regions like Maharashtra have not yet allowed the opening, but Delhi has allowed theaters to operate at 50 percent capacity and Chennai, an important market, opened on Thursday.

    The director said he wanted to project his films on the big screen and let people watch movies together in the darkness of a closed room. “I believe in movie theater … there are other ideas. I think the theater should be there for some audience members but then you can publish it on OTT,” the director said.

    It may take some time but the theater experience will finally come back, he said. “When you read a book, you’re reading it alone. It’s very self-centered and you don’t care about the other person’s emotions when you read the same book. But in a theater, you don’t watch a movie alone. You also care about other people’s emotions. “You can hear people laughing out loud or sometimes you feel sad when people cry. Movies have that power,” he added.

    Kayattam, who means climbing, played the role of Malayalam star Manju Warrier Maya, a woman in her 40s who started trekking in the Himalayas with a young man. Trekkers face questions about the nature of existence. Shot entirely on an iPhone, the film basically deals with the concept of Maya (Limited World), which he touched on in his feature-debut debut “Oralpokkam” (2014).

    “I wanted the idea to reconsider and this story came to my mind. The reality is that what we see is due to our consciousness. We are actually creating this reality, otherwise the world has nothing. So, we can create peace, war, love, or enmity, anything, ”he noted. Shashidharan said the team has created a new language called “A’s Samsa” because the film had almost indescribable and philosophical aspects.

    “We have another title attached to the picture ‘Ahar.’

    On the ground, Kayattam can be seen as a story of a group of people climbing a mountain. “But there is a subtext that can be unthinkable. So I thought we needed a new kind of language that didn’t exist. If you want to understand the meaning of language, if you can’t, that’s fine too. ”

    Since he wanted to shoot movies in the Himalayas, becoming so light and affordable with smartphones and minimal extra equipment, it seemed to be a suitable choice, ”said Shashidharan.“ Shooting with regular equipment with power generators is difficult. And all at that height. It is an icy magical environment in the Himalayas. You cannot predict what will happen next, rain or snow. We all wanted this magic of nature to be appreciated and captured. So we must always be ready. This was our primary purpose in choosing the iPhone. Nowadays almost every other smartphone has a good camera. This is a good choice for filmmakers who want to capture something fast. ”

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