Pa Ranjith quite disappointed with IFFI 2018 for not selecting ‘Kaala’

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Ranjinikanth starrer ‘Kaala’ director Pa Ranjith is very disappointed as his film is not selected for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). He even wonders how ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ got a place in the festival which is not even critically acclaimed.

He said, “Unfortunately, they have not selected the film at IFFI. I don’t understand why ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ was selected and ‘Kaala’ was not. I don’t know what’s happening. ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ was not even critically acclaimed. But ‘Kaala’ was. That’s why I have to fight more and more,”

Film ‘Kaala’ was endorsed as India’s Black Panther in the reviews. The movie had a political message highlighting the struggle of Dalits.

Ranjith was present at the film festival for the screening of his production ‘Pariyerum Perumal BA BL’ on Wednesday.

Filmmaker Ranjith, also noted for his work Kabali, Madras and Atthakathi, wants to discuss caste division which has its strong across the country, through his productions.

“They (the producers) are not ready. They are still not letting the audiences get used to different types of cinema. Producers tend to not take risks thinking they will challenge the set pattern. I want to make it clear for other producers that such a story needs to be put out. Let ‘Perumal’ be an example for others,” he says.

He further adds, “I believe that the audience has an open mind and as creative people we should not hold things back from them. I want to break all the rules,”

Ranjith even considers himself a politician and does not want to join politics.

“I am in politics. Cinema is a very political medium. I’m a politician,” he says. “I think I’m most honest to my political ideas. This is the core that connects me with the audience.” he adds.

The director will soon set his foot in Bollywood with a Hindi film. It is a biopic made on the life of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda.

He didn’t tell anything about the movie but introducing Birsa Munda he said, “He was the premier leader and it was the tribals that led the freedom movement from the front as they were the first ones to be affected with all the land grabbing that started with the British and it still continues. Adivasis (tribals) are facing so much struggle with their lands being snatched away even today. I think India needs Birsa Munda now.”

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