Tulu film Paddayi director Abhaya Simha is of the opinion that an award brings focus to one’s film and it is taken more seriously.
Paddayi was screened in the Indian Panorama section of the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa on 26 November. The film won the Best Tulu Film award at the 65th National Awards in 2017. Produced by Nithyananda Pai, Paddayi is a re-telling of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set in a coastal Karanataka village.
Simha informed that this year Karnataka produced over 200 films, which averages to three theatrical releases a week. “In this big rush of mainstream films, our films get lost somewhere,” he said.
“An award brings focus to your film. It is taken much more seriously or at least it is given one chance for people to come and watch the film. Ultimately, if we make films and nobody watches it, it doesn’t serve any purpose. I think these awards have importance for getting the right kind of audience to the kind of films we make. That keeps us going, helps us make more films. Also, Indian Panorama selections are important because it takes us in the right direction,” said Simha.
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His sentiments were echoed by Ladakhi film Walking With The Wind director Praveen Morchhale, who insisted that awards are an assurance that you are on the right path.