IV Sasi, the most successful south Indian director, says the emerging “New Generation Directors” in Malayalam cinema’ are plagiarists of world classics….writes COT Azeez. 

Ernakulam expats association recieving IV Sasi at Riyadh airport
Ernakulam expats association recieving IV Sasi at Riyadh airport

“The script is the decisive factor in a film’s popularity and standard. Most of the so-called new generation films lack quality scripts; they just try to imitate world classics,” said veteran south Indian filmmaker I.V Sasi.

The films made under the class “New Generation” are just a plagiarism of other films.  New concepts and presentations are expected in new generation films, he added.

Sasi, whom came to the Kingdom for the first time was accorded reception by Ernakulam Expatriates Association and Sarangi Kalasamithi.

The credit to direct maximum number of Malayalam films goes to Sasi. Soon after Prem Nazeer era, he controlled the Malayalam movie industry with many super hits. His name first appeared in silver screen in 1977 with Utsavam (festival).

Officials of Sarangi forum honouring Sasi
Officials of Sarangi forum honouring Sasi

He introduced prominent stars like Soman, Jayan, Ratheesh, Mammootty, Sreedevi, Seema etc to the filmdom. First South Indian film shot in the United States Ezham Kadalinakkare was also directed by Mr Sasi. He ushered in a new genre in Malayalam tinsel town that derived its plot from contemporary events and socio-political issues that were in the headlines.

Sasi came to Saudi Arabia to inaugurate the Contemporary Masters International Film Festival in Riyadh.  The festival, organised by the Riyadh Indian Friendship Association (RIFA), will run until Feb. 12.

Sasi, who has directed over 150 films, said the RIFA festival would be instrumental in taking more Indian films, especially Malayalam films, to the global arena. The opening session featured “Wadjda”, a Saudi-German film written and directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour.

Wadjda is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. The film received wide applause from spectators at the festival.Wadjda was selected as the Saudi Arabian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Oscar Academy Awards. The organizers said a dozen world classics would be screened as part of the festival.

Feb. 4 (Hotel Rwanda –Rwanda); Feb. 5 (The Lunchbox –India, and 12 Years a Slave –African American); Feb. 11 (City of God –Argentina); and Feb. 12 (Amen –India).The entry for the shows, which will be held on every Thursday and Friday until Feb. 12, is free of charge.

Sasi inaugurates the short film festival
Sasi inaugurates the short film festival




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