Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) International Film Festival has been grabbing the attention of the audience. Talking at this event, Dutch-Palestinian film director Hany-Abu-Assad and Indian actress and director NanditaDas shared their journey of filmmaking.
Their inspiring speech also involved some of their personal experiences during filmmaking. Hany-Abu-Assad opened his speech with an impactful statement that movies are a great window to the culture. He said that he feels like he knows India as he has been watching Indian movies since childhood. He claimed that only script makes 80% of a good film, 15% actor the 5% is the way the director visualizes it. "An actor will be honest with you if you, as a director, are honest with them," said HanyAbuAssad. He articulated that everyone flawed, but it’s essential to protect one's voice and maintain authenticity. He made a point that the real mission of art is to make the audience think and produce an emotional response. He expressed that art should have a message that has to move people. He also added that everyone should learn to take criticism.
On the other hand, Nandita Das stated that art for art’s sake is a nonsense concept. She says that now it doesn’t make any sense. She also asked to start speaking up. "We know art creates an impact; otherwise, there won't be a need to be censored," said Nandita Das.