Veteran Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore, referring to the influx of unprecedented capital into the film industry, said that extraordinary films are not made only through extraordinary budgets.
Sharmila, addressing the inaugural function of the 17th Kolkata Film Festival, said that though she was impressed with the contemporary concern of form, style and lavish production values, she was distressed at the disconnect between what was the reality of India and what was shown in the media.
The actress stated that Satyajit Ray along with his contemporaries like Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak made it possible for films, which were deeply embedded in their cultural context, to emerge. At the same time, they had an enthusiastic conversation with world cinema.
Highlighting this ability of their films “to speak eloquently with the world and the home,” Sharmila expressed the hope that young directors would be able to resume this dialogue.