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Monday, December 04, 2006

Goa has film-culture, says Konkani producer

Lashing out at detractors who have been advocating the shifting of the International Film Festival of India from Goa, Konkani film producer Rajendra Talak yesterday said the State has a film culture.
He contended that those criticising the lack of a film culture in Goa were doing so with the sole aim of shifting the festival outside the state.
"Goa has a film culture and it has contributed most to Bollywood right from the 70's. It will figure in the list of five states which have contributed most to the Hindi film industry," Talak told reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing IFFI-2006 here.
He said several cine-artistes and technicians like music composer Anthony Gonsalves, cameraman K Vaikunth and others hailed from the state.
"Even the Mangeshkar family migrated from Goa," he said, referring to the famed family to which film singers Lata, Asha and Usha belong.
IFFI this year has been marred by controversies surrounding organisational glitches and allegations of the domination of the festival by Bollywood made by several regional filmmkers and actors like T V Chandran, Girish Kasaravalli and Nandita Das.
"There is a strong lobby from South and Bengal working to shift the festival from Goa, which is not fair. I don't understand why they are against Goa. West Bengal does not require this festival and neither does Kerala," Talak said.
Commenting on festival's mismanagement, Talak held delegates responsible for the mess.

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