Noted playwright Girish Karnad believes Indian cinema has successfully warded off Hollywood invasion because of its song and dance tradition. "If we would have made films like Satyajit Ray, continued without song and dance, we would have been swallowed up by Hollywood by now," Girish Karnad told reporters in Delhi.
"Italian cinema is gone, Japanese cinema is gone and even French
can't compete with Hollywood. "We don't have to worry. Our songs
and dancers have protected us. So, why should we give up our
strength?" Karnad added.
Karnad, who recently acted in Bollywood movie Ek Tha
Tiger, said Indian cinema was doing extremely well and it
should not be judged by Western parameters. Girish said, "I think
the films that are being made are very good. We should not judge by
Western standards. We say why don't our films get Oscars? Why do we
need an Oscar?"
"Suddenly, AR Rahman becomes great because he got an Oscar but
he was great even before that. I gave the example of Ship of
Theseus. It would have been impossible to make something like
this 10 years ago," Karnad quoted.
The Jnanpith award-winning writer-director-actor, 75, who was
here to deliver the 26th Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial IFFCO lecture on
Indian Cinema and the Creation of A Nation, highlighted how Hindi
cinema went about in building the nation without realising it.
Karnad said in their effort to find maximum audience, Hindi cinema
went about creating new idioms, new language and new music, which
could be consumed all over India.