Film, science and technology have ability to fire people’s imagination: Shekhar Kapur


Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur on Saturday mentioned cinema has the ability to make individuals inquisitive about totally different points of life, together with science.

Citing the instance of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park motion pictures, Kapur mentioned movies have the ability to generate curiosity about any scientific topic among the many audiences.

“I remember watching Steven Spielberg’s work with ‘Jurassic Park’ films and I noticed that all over the world, everybody got suddenly interested in dinosaurs. That interest in dinosaurs has grown and never left us. So there is a saying that what films do is to fire your imagination,” the filmmaker mentioned.

The veteran director was talking on the digital closing ceremony of International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI).

“Films, science and technology have the ability to fire people’s imagination, especially in the young filmmakers… Science and storytelling have always gone together and have always encouraged a scientific temper and also a temper of curiosity. That’s what stories do, they make you curious and imaginative,” Kapur added.

The filmmaker, identified for making critically-acclaimed options like Masoom, Mr India, Bandit Queen and Elizabeth, asserted that documentaries and movies on scientific topics or about personalities from the sector of science are “very imaginative”.

“They can create a sense of imagination in those people who are actually watching them. They not only give them knowledge, as that is not the only reason we make films. The reason we make films and tell stories is to create and to fire the imagination of people, to make them curious.”

Kapur additional mentioned that with the inflow of digital platforms, the traces between fiction and documentary storytelling have began to blur.

“In this new world of what we call the OTT platforms, if you look at Netflix or Amazon, you realise that the number of documentaries that are being made is growing up, and these documentaries are very imaginative,” he added.

The ISFFI, which was held on the sidelines of India International Science Festival (IISF), was organised with the intention to promote science popularisation amongst residents and appeal to gifted filmmakers and science fanatics.

During the closing ceremony, a particular message by megastar Amitabh Bachchan was additionally performed.

The veteran actor mentioned science and technology play an necessary half find options to social issues.

“Science and technology are a propellant of building a thriving, self-reliant country. The happiness and future of a country hinges on this development. In a modern and innovative society, where advancements are aplenty and communication is instantaneous, science and technology do become a large part of everyday life and a key to both our longevity and our entire existence on this planet,” he added.

The pageant obtained 634 science options, quick movies and documentaries entries from 60 nations out of which a complete of 230 had been chosen.

Renowned filmmaker Mike Pandey served as a jury chairman at ISFFI, which awarded 20 movies — 14 Indian and six worldwide — with honours on the closing ceremony.

Rahul Iyer’s The Trials and Triumphs of G N Ramachandran was introduced because the winner of better of pageant award within the theme “Science for self-reliant India and/or Science for global welfare”.

In the worldwide class, the award was given to The Insect Rescuers of Germany.

Hindi-language film Raja, Rani aur Virus was bestowed with the perfect of pageant award within the theme “Science and awareness on COVID-19 and other health emergencies”.

Iranian film Night Nurse obtained the identical award within the worldwide class.

Four movies — Return of the Holy Grain, Worth their Salt, Humans V/s Corona and My Mom — obtained jury awards.
In the worldwide class, the jury awards went to — A Natural Code, iRony and Keep Your Smile.

The International Science Film Festival of India (ISFFI) was held from December 22 to 25.


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