The panel included famous members of the film fraternity like Anupam Kher, Rahul Bose, Kabir Khan and Madhur Bhandarkar, Suchir Batra of William Morris and Atiqa Odho from Pakistan.
The consensual view held by the panel was that there was a radical change in the manner film scripts were treated and presented. Nearly a decade ago, there were distinct genres like horror, drama, and comedy. But today, there have been some exceptionally bold and good films that have been made with great scripts and made a difference, opined actor Rahul Bose. Movie documentaries like Brick, Oliver Stone and
Fahrenheit 9/11 are a few movies that reveal the changing trends in cinema, he added.
Adiqa Odho, an actor and stylist from Pakistan, talked about women in cinema. She said, There is a lot of difference between the manner in which women actors were characterised in the yesteryears vis a vis the current scenario. I think the trend has changed though the ultimate hero is a man, which ideally was not the case before. Kabir Khan spoke about the infusion of new talent and ideas in cinema.
Actor Anupam Kher said, I dont believe that trends in popular cinema has changed. Earlier also some great movies were made which were trend setters. Its just that today the audience has changed and the manner of story telling has also changed.
Concluding the session, Kher said that anything that was done with conviction would change the idea of perceiving cinema and trends will continue to be the focus in the making of a film.