Zoya Akhtar on This Year’s MAMI Mumbai Film Festival

ZOYA AKHTAR, WHO HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE BOARD MEMBER OF THE MAMI MUMBAI FILM FESTIVAL, SAID, “I REALLY LOVE MOVIES. I DON’T THINK THERE’S A BETTER REASON THAN THIS TO BE PART OF A FILM FESTIVAL. IT MAKES SENSE TO BE PART OF SUCH AN INITIATIVE THAT CREATES THE CULTURE TO LOOK AT CINEMA BEYOND STARS AND BOX-OFFICE NUMBERS”

zoya-akhtar_640x480_81444289005This year, audiences will get a chance to watch 31 Indian films that have never been shown before in India. Some of the films include Umrika, Chauthi Koot, Kothanodi and Visaaranai.

Zoya will team up and filmmakers
and Avinash Arun for Young Adult workshop, which is aimed at imparting knowledge on the nuances of direction, editing and production of films for young children.

“It’s going to be so much fun. This is what I like about film festivals. They are not just about watching movies. Agreed, you get to watch films that may never come to India, but you have this platform to exchange knowledge and ideas,” she said.

Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar, who is the latest member of the board of trustees of the 17th edition of MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, said that the focus this year will be on making the fest “vibrant” and “public-friendly”.

Headed by filmmaker Kiran Rao, the festival will take place here between October 29 and November 5. “One of the common goals we are working towards is making the festival more vibrant and public-friendly. It should make people feel like it’s their festival,” Zoya Akhtar told IANS.
On her appointment as the board member, she said she didn’t need to be convinced.
“I really love movies. I don’t think there’s a better reason than this to be part of a film festival. It makes sense to be part of such an initiative that creates the culture to look at cinema beyond stars and box-office numbers,” she said, adding that she still considers herself a passionate patron of the festival, which has an eclectic line-up of over 150 films this year. Whenever I’ve been in town during the festival, I’ve made it a point to attend it,” she said.

Contrary to the notion that the film fraternity’s active involvement in the festival may lead to differences, Zoya thinks otherwise. “The purpose of a group is to have varied opinions about something. No matter whoever you put in a group, there’s bound to be differences. I think that’s what makes everything so interesting,” she said.

“I mean, what’s the fun when everybody agrees on the same thing. In that case, one

 person is all you need to make decisions. Why do you need a group,” she asked.
Source: http: movies.ndtv.com