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Om Puri

Om Puri denies rumours of his leaving parallel cinema, but remains critical of it.

Om Puri
Om Puri
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Are you quitting parallel cinema?
I was critical of the parallel cinema movement, journalists must have assumed that I am quitting it.

Why are you turning critical of it ?
Parallel cinema has not made an effort to communicate in a language the other person understands. There is an idiom that it chooses to ignore. I am talking of him music.

Is this a turnaround from your earlier devotion ?
I have been feeling this for long. Aakrosh, Ardh Satya had drama and suspense. But other art films need to draw audiences. How long can they exist on government grants?

What movies do you have on hand ?
I have done Mrityudand, which I would place in the middle cinema category. I have done a film with a Pune group on AIDS called Zindagi Zindabad, a social film. And am doing My Son the Fanatic, a British film on anti-fundamentalism for Channel 4.

Does this make you more appreciative of commercial cinema ?
Commercial cinema has one ambition, to make money. But they work hard at it, Sholay was an eternal...
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