PANAJI: Indian actor Adil Hussain has pointed out towards a dearth of high-quality literature in the films made in our country.
Here at #IFFI53 as part of the cast of ‘The Storyteller,’ which is based on legendary Satyajit Ray’s short story ‘Golpo Boliye Tarini Khuro’; Adil Hussain rated the film amongst his illustrious career’s top five.
Interacting with the media, Adil Hussain said: “Generally, most of the films we see are made, especially in our part of the world – are poor in literature. That needs to be worked upon in Indian film-writing and I think that is one of the weakest, weakest part of Indian films! We studied dramatic literature of Shakespeare, Kalidasa, Bhasa, Mohan Rakesh, Vijay Tendulkar. We do not see great writing of that stature in Indian films; there are…Of course, but I am saying we need to see more of them. Even my 12 years old son saw the film in Busan and found it wonderful, witty and funny. He caught it! So I thought if it can speak to a 12-year-old boy, then I think it’s one of the finest film that I have ever acted in.”
‘The Storyteller’, also forces the audience to think about various stages of post-retirement via a vis their younger being, plagiarism, copyrights issue, among others.
Anindita Bose, playing the wife of Tarini Ranjan Bandhopadhyay a maverick storyteller enacted by Paresh Rawal, termed the film as a ‘dream come true’ moment since she grew up reading Satyajit Ray.
Although the film is getting huge amount of praise, there was a time for the film-maker and renowned director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan where it was getting rejected for not being tagged as a commercial film. After a tough journey of 3 years, the film finally succeeded in hitting the screen. And the cast and crew are pleased to see that The Storyteller is rated as one of the favourites to win the ‘Golden Peacock award’ at 53rd International Film Festival of India.