Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Experimentation going on in mainstream cinema: Tannishtha

Narada Desk | March 5, 2016 5:35 pm Print
New Delhi: Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee during an interview at IANS office in New Delhi, on Jan 4, 2016. (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

                                                                                                        (Photo: Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, best known for her roles in films like “Anna Karenina”, “Dekh Indian Circus”, “Angry Indian Goddesses” and “Parched”, says that even in the “so-called mainstream”, filmmakers are now experimenting with content.

Asked if Indian audiences have began accepting cinematic content, which may not necessarily cater to mainstream trends, the actress said “it is a slow process” which will take time.

“It is definitely moving to a very positive direction. In the so-called mainstream, we do have experimentation going on,” Tannishtha told IANS on the sidelines of the ongoing I View World film festival here.

“Young directors are telling different kind of stories, which are working with audiences. They are open to watching films which have good stories. It’s very positive,” she added.

The actress also said that film festivals allow filmmakers to engage with the audiences and allow a “fantastic dialogue” to take place.

“It is always fantastic to come to a film festival because we are showcasing our films and watching others films. It is a fantastic dialogue between artists and an audience which is pretty vibrant, because when films release in theatres, we don’t get a one-on-one with our audience,” the National Award-winning actress said.

“Here we get question and answer sessions, we get to introduce our films… It is somewhere in middle of doing a play and releasing a film. There is some sort of an audience-artist direct connection,” she added.

The actress mentioned that she is working on a biopic on the “first female doctor of India”, but refused to divulge more details about the project.