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Pankaj KapurPankaj Kapur inclined towards good, interesting roles
01st Dec 2007  10.00 IST
By Agencies  


Veteran actor, Pankaj Kapur , who has essayed the role of a confused religious fundamentalist in Bhavna Talwar's critically acclaimed movie "Dharm", is not at all confused about choosing roles.

"As an actor, I believe my feelings go for roles which are really good, interesting and content-driven, having something to say to our society and people in a broad spectrum. This is what "Dharm" is all about," the actor said on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2007 in Panaji.




Kapur and his actress wife, Supriya Pathak, starred in "Dharm", which was also being seen as a contender from India for Oscars, but lost out to Eklavya , is being screened in the Indian Panorama section of IFFI 2007.

Promoting his film at the festival, Kapur said the script of "Dharm" was "straight from his heart."

The seasoned actor's presence along with Bollywood's evergreen hero Dev Anand on the same day at IFFI provided a tinge of Bollywood flavour to the festival, which till now was bereft of any big stars.

For Kapur, who is in Panaji with his wife, this is the first visit to IFFI.

"Since this is my first visit to the film festival in Goa, it would be unfair to comment on the overall event. But I have come here to watch movies and interact with other people," the actor said.

On whether the film festival should discuss and show only serious cinema, Kapur said, "It should be a combination of both. Whatever good is going on in the world should be shown and talked off. People from mainstream cinema and other fields should be invited to watch movies and exchange ideas and learning."

Kapur, who has won the National award thrice and received the Filmfare Critics' award for his powerful performance in Maqbool in 2005, refused to comment on the controversy over his movie "Dharm" not being selected as India's entry for Oscars this year.

"I don't know what is happening there. I cannot differentiate if my film is better than the other. I have not yet watched "Eklavya", though it is my best friend's film," he said.

He said the jury should follow a code of conduct and not voice their opinion on a film in the public arena.

"I stood up for unfair selection process and IFFI has to come back to a proper selection. The fight is on," film's director, Bhavna Talwar, said.

The film had a successful screening at the World Cinema Section at the 60th Cannes International Film Festival this year and also travelled to Venice, New York, Singapore and Mexico.

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