In his speech, Benegal asked filmmakers to think why viewers were not attracted to theatres. “Subsidy from the part of government would not help cinema. Modern technologies, which are alien to Malayalam cinema, have to be adopted to survive. This is the time films have been shot even with mobile camera. Here we could not see a multiplex theatre in Kerala. The problems faced by the film makers should be discussed in a political forum," he said.
K.P. Kumaran, Babu Thiruvalla, Sreekumaran Thampi, Sasi Paravoor, Surya Krishnamoorthy and Sivan attended the function. Lenin Rejendran is the chairman of the forum and Sasi Paravoor is the general secretary.
A forum meant for the progress of Malayalam cinema named Film Makers' Forum for Better Films was formed by the makers of art movies in Kerala at Thiruvananthapuram. It was inaugurated by noted film director Shyam Benegal at Vylopilli Samskrithi Bhavan on Sunday.