Amitabh Bachchan Says the Word Film Has Lost Its Charm

Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan

Celebrated visual artist Tacita Dean and film director Christopher Nolan are participating in the Reframing the Future of Film event.

By Rakesh Raman

Top Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who was participating in a film event, said today that “the word film has suddenly lost its charm; for there does not seem to be any need to shoot films on film. It’s all digital now.”

Bachchan also wrote on his blog ‘Bachchan Bol’ that earlier “it was known as the ‘film industry’ they were known as ‘film stars’. So in the complete absence of that medium and that product, it would be quite in order to call ourselves ‘robotic genes’”

He was participating in the “Reframing the Future of Film” event organized in Mumbai by Film Heritage Foundation which is a not-for-profit organization that aims to preserve India’s cinematic heritage.

Celebrated visual artist Tacita Dean and film director Christopher Nolan are participating in the event being held March 30, 31, and April 1, 2018.

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Another leading Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan said, “Inspiring to hear Mr. Nolan and Ms. Tacita Dean talk of the virtues of celluloid as an artist’s medium.”

In Los Angeles in 2015, according to Film Heritage Foundation, Tacita Dean and Christopher Nolan staged the first in this series of events highlighting the need of preserving photochemical film in the digital age.

Beginning at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Reframing the Future of Film platform brought together top professionals from the cinema industry to discuss the steps needed to be taken to protect the medium of film in order to reposition its importance in an aggressive digital market.

Subsequent events have been held in Tate Modern in London in conjunction with the BFI during the London Film Festival and at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.

Through the Mumbai event, Nolan and Dean are exploring the importance and differences of shooting on film and why it is essential to keep it available as a medium for future generations.

They also will discuss the necessity of determining new archival and exhibition standards that secure film’s future, and why the debate around film needs to change.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

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