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Changing audience likes things in their own kind of colour, sensibility: Ramesh Sippy


The 71-year-old filmmaker was at the inauguration of Cinema Heritage Auction Event at the 19th edition of the International India Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards.

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He has been a part of Hindi cinema for over four decades and has classics like Sholay (1975) and Seeta Aur Geeta (1972) to his credit. Veteran filmmaker Ramesh Sippy says he is happy with the content in Hindi cinema and it must change with time.

Asked about the evolution of content in Hindi cinema over the years, Sippy told IANS, a news agency, "It must change. Life can't stop. Change is essential. When I came, I brought change... so today's youngsters will bring change, they must appeal to today's audience... There will always be classics, Sholay will always be one of them but there will be more wonderful films which will keep coming and they do keep coming."

The 71-year-old filmmaker said that with time, wonderful actors, cameramen and directors have made their way into Hindi films.

"Every one is doing their best and from time to time wonderful films will come up," he said.

Sippy was at the inauguration of Cinema Heritage Auction Event at the 19th edition of the International India Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards, which has collaborated with Osian's to preserve cinema heritage.

The filmmaker talked about his films Sholay and Seeta Aur Geeta and reminisced about working with veteran actor Dharmendra.

"My journey in movies has been absolutely fabulous. Working with some of the most talented artistes, writers... and today seeing so much work from the bygone era, it's really wonderful," he added.

Sippy says he is proud to be a part of the Hindi film industry.

"I am a part of Bollywood [the Hindi film industry] and I'm proud to be, so I am sure somebody will come up with something fresh, different and it will be liked. A changing audience likes things in their own kind of colour and sensibility," he added.

Over his four-decade journey, Sippy has worked with icons like Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Shammi Kapoor and Rajesh Khanna among many others.

With a fresh crop of talents coming in, whom would he like to work with?

"That's a tough one... All are talented... Ranveer [Singh] and Ranbir [Kapoor] stand out at the moment. Then there are so many other young ones... Varun Dhawan... it's endless. Ishan Khatter, a new boy and he's doing so good. So you have new talent coming all the time... people who need to take the best out of them, and they would be giving good work in the times to come," he said.

"The actors before them continue to do marvellous work. The Khans [Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir], Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar... nobody is past. They are all doing so much good work even today..."

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