Talking Cinema

One of the biggest hurdles that short-film maker, Jayprad Desai, hit a couple of years back was the lack of a discerning audience that was ready to watch films of all types and genres without having any prejudices against them. "The thought that there was no audience for intelligent cinema, due to which there were no intelligent movies being made was something that kept bothering me," he says. Eventually Desai founded the Talkeez film club, two years ago with the sole idea of getting people to experience different types of cinema, in Mumbai. Six months later he ventured out into Pune. "The idea when we formed the club was to get people to talk about their experiences regarding cinema. What they felt and how they connected to a particular scene and what it meant to them. It is only through such discussions that people start to warm up to various movies from across the world. It makes the audience more mature, thereby encouraging film makers to make more intelligent films."

Over the last one and a half years, they have had movie screenings at various venues in the city including the NFAI. However over the last six months they have been regularly showing the movies at the Indraprastha Hall near Mhatre bridge. "We now have a dedicated audience of around 100 members. The screenings are held once a month either on the second or fourth Saturday of the month," he says.

Explaining the process of the film club he says, "We just show a movie to the people and post that we have an informal discussion about it. People are free to talk about the movie and what they understood from it. That is the whole point of showing the film. Once people start talking and more importantly listening to others views there is automatically an interest that is generated. People then go and search for more films like these on the Internet and that is important to our cause." Some of the movies that have been showcased include the likes of Mor Dekhne Jungle Mein, Casablanca, Life is Beautiful, Offside, Do Aankhen Bara Haath, and Up amongst others.

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