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Brilliance of regional cinema is hidden because of Hindi films: Shekhar Kapur


Kapur, jury chairperson of the 65th National Film Awards, was stunned by the quality and range of subjects that some of the Assamese, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi movies touched upon.

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Internationally acclaimed Indian filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, jury chairperson of the 65th National Film Awards, says the tag of 'regional cinema' must not be attached to Indian movies in languages other than Hindi.

Kapur, who last made Bandit Queen in India, is stunned by the quality and range of subjects that some of the Assamese, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi movies touched upon.

"What an eye opener it has been chairing the National Film Awards 2018. The quality of regional cinema has left us stunned. It's world class and it's time to take away the tag of regional cinema. For Hindi cinema no longer can compete with the quality we saw from other languages," he tweeted on Sunday (15 April).

The filmmaker said movies not from the Hindi film industry deserve the spotlight.

"Unfortunately mainstream media and Bollywood [Hindi film industry] enjoy a highly incestuous relationship. So the brilliance of the new regional cinema remains hidden from audiences. It's time for that to change," he added.