Art is magic, cinema the magician to blur the lines of reality and fantasy says Imtiaz Ali at Chandigarh University, Gharuan
The annual two-day Chandigarh Music and Film Festival (CMFF) kicked off at Chandigarh Gharuan University, featuring renowned filmmakers and artists from the Hindi film industry including Imtiyaz Ali, Saurabh Shukla, Abhishek Dudhia among others enlightened the public with their ideas about art.
No less than 150 short films made by film school students are screened during the Festival, which also saw At Imtiyaz Ali Talk Show with Journalist and Senior Author Kaveree Bamzai and Interaction with the University Institute of Film and Media Studies; giving insight into the finer nuances of cinema, current trends in the film industry as well as his journey in Bollywood.
The Speaker of the Punjab Legislative Assembly, S. Kultar Singh Sandhwan was the chief guest while S. Satnam Singh SandhuChancellor of Chandigarh University was the special guest during the inaugural ceremony which also featured famous celebrities like Akhilender Mishra, Rana Jung Bahadur, KC Bokadia, Preeti Sapru, Saurabh Shukla, Gavy Chahal, Duleep SinghDev Sharma, Dilip Sen, Darshan Aoulakh and several other eminent personalities.
Speaking on the occasion, the famous actress Preeti Sapru said that Punjab deserved to prosper in such a way that one should not even think of leaving this great country for another country.
“There is no Punjab without Punjabi. We must preserve all the good things in our history and contribute to their preservation,” she said, adding that the efforts of Satnam Singh Sandhu towards promoting the art and culture of Punjab were huge and would go a long way towards its preservation.
In his speech, S. Satnam Singh SandhuChancellor of the University of Chandigarh, said: “Cinema is the medium of expression of ideas and thoughts. It is therefore important that art in the form of cinema is preserved and promoted, and with this in mind, festivals like these take on greater importance. gathering does not do justice to the stars here, I suggest a bigger festival be held later this year, with 50,000 attendees to take inspiration from these personalities.”
During the special interaction session with the students of the University Institute of Film and Media Studies, moderated by journalist and senior author Kaveree Bamzai, Ali spoke at length about the underlying themes of his films, his relationship with the script, music and actors, in addition to advising budding filmmakers in the audience with his rich experiences.
When asked to express his views on the importance of cinema in the art world, Ali said that the boundaries of reality and fantasy can only be transcended through art.
“When you leave out logic in art, the magic happens. And cinema is that magician that blurs the lines as it binds the audience across the boundaries of reality and fantasy. Cinema is not not just something you can think or express, but also something you can’t understand,” Ali said.
Stating that some fragments of his works are related to his life, Ali also stressed the importance of enjoying the journey rather than reaching a destination. “Imtiaz of today and Imtiaz of twenty years ago felt the same. I am still in the middle of a journey and I appreciate it more than ever,” he added.
Responding to a student about whether he tried to ‘make fun of the system’ with Tamasha and whether the character of Ranbir carrying an ID card was a ‘symbolism of slavery’, Ali said it’s our power to rationalize and think that separates humans from animals and so we have to ask ourselves if the system we are part of is good or not.
“We are sitting at the University of Chandigarh and here too everyone carries an ID card and is administered by a system. But this system is good, it is positive and it does not enslave any of us. In fact, it liberates us with education, so we have to reflect and rationalize if the system we are part of is good or does it need improvements,” he explained.
“I am so happy that this film festival organized by the University of Chandigarh allows discussions about cinema, genres and characters, in such detail. The points of view are varied and the discussions are deep and This is something rare and the organizers deserve all the praise for putting on a great show,” Ali said.
Ali suggested the students of the University Institute of Film and Media Studies in Chandigarh to train as much as possible for a successful career in the industry. “Training is a lifelong process. You will always be distracted by superficial things such as appearance and body, but it is important that you stay focused on learning and growing as an actor or director,” he said.
About Chandigarh University
Chandigarh University is an NAAC A+ grade university and a self-governing UGC-approved educational institution and is located near Chandigarh in the state of Punjab. It is the youngest university in India and the only private university in Punjab to have received an A+ rating from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). CU offers over 109 UG and PG programs in engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, entertainment, hospitality management, business, and others . It was awarded as the university with the best placements by the WCRC.