Too much talk about Imran Khan getting booed? Well, since it was one of the ideas that our Nicolas Bourbaki-ji wrote about while discussing ways to improve the Mumbai Film Festival, he is back to tell you something.
1. If you love Mumbai Film Festival and want it to continue, and you booed Imran Khan at the screening of Dardenne Brothers’ Two Days, One Night, then you are Class A Myopic Moron.
2. Here’s why – You probably have never attended any international film festival.
3. You have absolutely no clue about the funding of the Mumbai Film Fesstival this year.
4. You think you can buy everything in Rs 1500, including rudeness.
Now, let me explain it – why you are myopic, why you are moron, and why we need to applaud Imran Khan.
No festival in the world has survived without the stars and the glamour quotient. The basic reason is one – money. Sponsors come in when there are stars. Press and photographers follow the glamour quotient. More press coverage means better sponsors. Any doubts, refer to the mother of all, Cannes Film Festival, which has found a perfect balance of stars and talent. And the irony is nothing can explain it better than this current scenario – even with a terrific line-up of films and panels, nothing is making headlines, a bollywood star getting booed has given a hard on to all. Says a lot about the current state of film journalism too.
Mumbai Film Festival’s star count has been terrible so far. This year there is substantial presence of bollywood crowd. There are panel discussions with reputed filmmakers, and there are bollywood stars who are presenting some important films. The idea is to integrate – the films and the bollywood stars. Without it, the festival won’t survive for long. This year it got crowd funded and so you are able to watch the films. But it can’t be a permanent solution. So the festival needs bollywood, and it’s not the other way. Hope this explains your myopia.
You can doubt and question any actor’s credentials, but why can’t that actor like a specific director’s film and present it? And if you weren’t a moron, you would have listened to him for 5 minutes. Because Imran Khan supported the festival, it resulted in more visibility, better sponsorship prospect, and a better festival. And the year MFF dies down, remember it started with your booing.
Even if the excuse is the delay in screening the film, being rude to any guest is not the solution – be it Imran Khan or anyone else. Boo the organisers, not guests. Just because you are part of the crowd and sitting in the dark, it doesn’t mean you will hide you stupidity. Good luck with that!
– Nicolas Bourbaki