We’ve said this a gazillion times.
Look at any serious film festival or award ceremony. Our Bollywood buffoons are nowhere in the picture.
If at all India is in the limelight at any of these film festivals or awards, you can rest assured a foreigner is involved – like Danny Boyle with Slumdog Millionaire or Richard Attenborough with Gandhi.
No Can Do at Cannes
Take the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, for instance.
India has ZERO, as in Z E R O films in the Official Selection.
Forget countries like U.S., France, UK or Spain that invariably have a presence in the Official Selection.
Even lesser movie-nations like Argentina, Denmark, South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Palestinian Territory have films in the prestigious Official Selection – Competition category.
India has none.
The reasons for the sorry plight of the Indian film industry on the world stage are not hard to find.
Our stars can’t act, our directors are clueless and we don’t have writers. Bollywood and its smaller siblings like Kollywood often take the easy way out by stealing, which carries no shame or legal liability in India.
When was the last time an Indian film was in the Official Selection list at Cannes? Must have been in the paleolithic era, if at all.
And how many movies does India make a year – Over 1,000, according to Screen Australia.
Folks, the Indian film industry is a triumph of theft and quantity over quality and innovation.
Just in case you are curious, here are the 20 films in the race for the top honors in Official Selection – Competition category at Cannes 2009:
* Ã€ L’ORIGINE (IN THE BEGINNING) directed by Xavier GIANNOLI
* ANTICHRIST directed by Lars VON TRIER
* BAK-JWI (THIRST) directed by PARK Chan-Wook
* BRIGHT STAR directed by Jane CAMPION
* CHUN FENG CHEN ZUI DE YE WAN (Spring Fever) directed by LOU Ye
* DAS WEISSE BAND (THE WHITE RIBBON) directed by Michael HANEKE
* ENTER THE VOID directed by Gaspar NOÃ‰
* FISH TANK directed by Andrea ARNOLD
* INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS) directed by Quentin TARANTINO
* KINATAY directed by Brillante MENDOZA
* LES HERBES FOLLES (WILD GRASS) directed by Alain RESNAIS
* LOOKING FOR ERIC directed by Ken LOACH
* LOS ABRAZOS ROTOS (BROKEN EMBRACES) directed by Pedro ALMODÃ“VAR
* MAP OF THE SOUNDS OF TOKYO directed by Isabel COIXET
* TAKING WOODSTOCK directed by Ang LEE
* THE TIME THAT REMAINS directed by Elia SULEIMAN
* UN PROPHÃˆTE (A PROPHET) directed by Jacques AUDIARD
* VENGEANCE directed by Johnnie TO
* VINCERE directed by Marco BELLOCCHIO
* VISAGE (FACE) directed by TSAI Ming-Liang