Day 2 of IFFI Goa 2017 started with a Panel Discussion on Children’s Films in Indian Cinema. The state of children’s films has witnessed many ups and downs over the years but neither has it lost its relevance, nor its appeal as a source of entertainment.
The experts of this special panel shed light on the importance of making films for children and young adults. They discussed the ways in which this sententious strand of cinema can gather momentum in our rapidly changing times. This Panel Discussion was programmed by Ms. Vani Tripathi and IFFI Director Mr. Sunit Tandon.
Mr Prasoon Joshi, who moderated the Panel Discussion along with Mr Nitesh Tiwari, Dr Rajiv Chilaka and Ms Devika Prabhu started off by posing a valid question for the panelists, “I’ve written the title song for the film Taare Zameen Par, which I hope everybody liked and appreciated. But in the film itself, we see children as protagonists. However, are these films about children or are they for children? Is there a difference between a film about children and film for children?”
Nitesh Tiwari informed, “For me, Taare Zameen Par was a universal film as it had family audience which formed an important element. It depended on the content, the subject and the intention with which it was made. It focused on education in an entertaining and lighthearted manner. It did leave a big impact, but it didn’t have the desired impact. Commercial success and lack of creativity is stopping filmmakers from making movies for kids. It is sad that the production budget is now decided not according to the script but according to who stars in it.”
On talking about thinking of a special way of making films for children, Nitesh adds, “The movie Chillar Party which I directed was made with the view that it would be consumed more by kids than the adult audience, but the movie was loved by all. When you make films thinking more about children, you need to make it in a certain way and add certain elements. I personally think that we need to make more films for children but it should also resonate with the people of all age groups.”
Founder and MD of Hyderabad-based Green Gold Animation and the creator of cartoon TV programs including Krishna cartoon series and Chhota Bheem, Dr Rajiv Chilaka says, “The world of kids is a fantastic one and I’m happy that a lot of people have gathered here for a session about Children’s Films. I think 50 percent of the television audience is below the age group of 14, so there’s a huge market for children’s content. We should try making more films for everyone, especially children which everyone could enjoy. We have made four animation films, the kids who came to the theatre enjoyed it, and the films gathered high TRPs.”
The 48th Edition of IFFI is taking place from the 20th to 28th of November, 2017 in the beach state of Goa. IFFI is India’s biggest and Asia’s oldest film festival, making it one of the most prestigious in the world.