Press Trust of India
November 30, 2012 19:37 IST
The Asian premiere of her film The Reluctant Fundamentalist is being held here today at the festival's closing.
Indian born director Mira Nair says
she does not understand the fuss about Indian filmmakers'
obsession with winning an Oscar or making movies to win
accolades from the West.
The 55-year-old filmmaker, whose first feature film Salaam Bombay (1988) won an Oscar nomination, says that Indian film makers should not make movies with an eye on the Oscars.
"I don't understand why India looks up to the Oscars. The
Academy awards were set up for Americans, to give a pat on
their back but somehow it has become a greater obsession here.
"The sad part is the kind of disconnect we have in
sending the kind of movies. Unless we establish the reach of
better movies, things won't change. Audience is my Oscar,"
Mira said on the sidelines of the 43rd International Film
Festival of India here.
The Asian premiere of her film The Reluctant
Fundamentalist is being held here today at the festival's
closing. It is based on Mohsin Hamid's novel.
"I was interested in making the movie when I first
visited Pakistan. The movie tells the other side of the story
post 9/11. We have heard the American version but not the
other so my aim was to tell the story from a different
perspective. It was a difficult project and took five years to
make," she added.
The film has premiered at various international film
festivals but Mira says showing the movie in her home country
gives her ultimate satisfaction.
"I have been to a lot of festivals - London, Toronto,
Venice, Doha - but coming back to India and showing the movie
here gives a sense of completeness. I am happy and excited to
be here and am waiting for the reaction from people here."
The movie stars Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber,
Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri and Shabana Azmi.