I watch films at festivals to learn new things: Mani Ratnam


“Every film you see at a festival teaches you something. Any good film you see gives you enough motivation and adrenaline rush to produce good content, while a bad film can get you so angry that you produce even better content,” said Mani Ratnam.

“Film fests are an opportunity to see different kinds of films that you usually don’t get to watch. When I am part of a jury then I get to judge films but otherwise I attend festivals to watch two or three films a day and network with a gathering of cinema lovers from all over,” he added.

Mani, who is a regular visitor of film festivals, will be taking part in the Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF) to be held between June 27 and 29.

“The concept of a film festival in Ladakh is fantastic. I think it’s a beautiful place and its cinematic geography makes it even more fitting. It is also a proof of penetration of cinema into the nook and corner of our country. The organizers deserve to be appreciated,” he said.

“If you look at any film fest, the setting gives it colour. Be it Goa, Cannes or even Berlin in the winter, the setting makes these festivals special and gives it a definition. I think Ladakh film fest, which takes place amid mountains and picturesque locations, is special that way,” said Mani suggesting that the upcoming LIFF will too acquire a color and identity soon.

LIFF’s theme this year will be contemporary Korean cinema. Mani is currently known to be working on a script which will star Mahesh Babu, Aishwarya Rai and others.

Medaram Jathara

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