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Adil Hussain asks GIFF organizers to take the festival to smaller towns

Renowned Assam actor of international repute, Adil Hussain, who was present at the inaugural session of the 3rd Guwahati International Film Festival (GIFF) on October 31, said that hosting film festivals in smaller towns is very important.

Adil, who recently came to limelight for his role in the iconic Star Trek series, said that film festivals play a major role in building a film-watching culture.

“What I realised that film is a powerful medium…it philosophised our lives, it shapes our emotions… So, we have to be responsible what kind of films we are making. Having said that, I would also request the organizers of the GIFF that similar to festivals like Jagran Film Festival, it should be taken to the smaller towns like Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Goalpara, Tezpur…it can happen, just after this festival gets over,” said Adil delivering his speech on Thursday evening.

The Life of Pi actor also added, “If not this scale but…maybe with a 30-film package and start educating the common people how to watch a good film. And we must find a way to do that. Jagran is the only festival in India that travels to 18 cities and they also make sure that they do workshops to help people to appreciate good film. Thus we can also help the society to evolve and understand the finer aspects of life.”

Adil, who hails from Goalpara in Assam, further dealt with the filmmaking process saying that “though we call filmmaking is an art form but somehow in the process, because it takes money to make a film, it has become a product.”

“Most probably 90 per cent of the films that come out from everywhere in the world, we treat them as products which is the downside of the film. Because to earn money, we make sure to put in masala, that is spices, to sell the film and to cater to the lowest common denominator of a human being. Instead of watching a film and letting the film impact you and reflect on very subtle aspects of life, we become violent,” Adil, who won Norwegian Amanda Award for his film ‘What Will People Say’ earlier this year, said.

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