Veteran actor and filmmaker Amol Palekar, who has stopped acting in films, is ready to return to the silver screen if a challenging and exciting role came his way.
"I have not acted for 22 years now. But, I did come out
and act in one of my own films, Samantar, a Marathi film.
One of the biggest attractions in that was, not only my acting
again, (but) Sharmila Tagore acting in a Marathi film.
"So, me and Sharmila Tagore was a different kind of an
attraction for all the people. But I did that role only
because I got excited about that character," he said, talking
to PTI here.
"I thought here is something new, something different
which I have not done and I have a chance to do that. If and
when I get that kind of an offer, to do something different,
something exciting, something challenging, of course, I will
do that," said the actor, who regaled the audiences in 70s and
80s with his roles in middle-class romantic comedies.
Palekar, a former chief of Children's Film Society of
India, is in the city for the ongoing 18th International
Children's Film Festival of India.
He said he and his wife Sandhya Gokhale, a writer, were
working on a children's film currently.
The couple had earlier made Dumkata, a child-centric
film, which had Om Puri in the cast and music by
Observing that commercial aspect cannot be a reason for
not making enough children's films in the country, Palekar
said successful mainstream directors and filmmakers should
make an effort to make these films commercially viable.
"Instead of just saying children's films are not
commercially viable, make it viable. Try something new. Try
"If you are going to follow set pattern, market wants
this, so I will keep on giving that. That is (only) one way of
reacting to the market," Palekar said.
Asserting that parameters of commercially successful
films never remained constant, he expressed confidence that
talented directors can make commercially successful children's
films as well.
"I am quite sure that people, who have so much knowledge
and capacity to rule the market and to change the rules and
take it to a further higher level, they are capable of
changing the market for anything and everything (including
making children's films commercially viable).
"You have to find some different idea, some different
slot and some different niche," he said.
Regretting that children's films and children have
remained a neglected area, Palekar said there should be a
collective effort by the society, instead of expecting the
government to do everything.
"We all must feel that let's make child our focal point
and try and create the best possible atmosphere, the best
possible world for our children... if we can create that, we
will have a much better tomorrow and we will also feel very