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”
“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”.
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
Zoya is elated that an Indian film will open the fest.
“It’s great to have an Indian film as the opening feature. I mean, it’s our fest, organized by our people and it’s happening in the country. Why shouldn’t an Indian film open the fest,” she asked.