Kolkata: In support of art films, public service broadcaster- Doordarshan has decided to screen one parallel cinema every week. "As the state broadcaster, we have the responsibility of supporting the best of Indian cinema and so we have taken this decision," Jawahar Sircar, CEO Prasar Bharati, said today.
He said that a time slot would soon be allocated for parallel cinema on Doordarshan. Channel officials would select such films from all over the country made in various vernacular languages.
"The films would be shown either with sub-titles in English or Hindi. We might also get these films dubbed in Hindi. We are working out those details," Sircar said.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the International Forum of New Cinema, being organised under the framework of the Kolkata International Film Festival. When asked about how Doordarshan's TRP figures would be affected as a result, the Prasar Bharati CEO said, "We are not doing such things for TRPs. This is our national duty."
He added that they will try to market such films in an effective way to reach a wider audiences. "If we can break-even then nothing like that". Sircar also said that Doordarshan will also make a documentary on legendary filmmaker Mrinal Sen, who was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India's highest award in cinema, in 2005.
The documentary will be in the form of interviews between the director and eminent film critic Samik Bandyopadhyay.