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Shekhar Kapur 'stunned' by regional cinema at National Awards

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Shekhar Kapoor, who headed the feature film jury for this year's National Film Awards, has said the quality of regional cinema left him "stunned".

The veteran filmmker appealed to the media to highlight the good films being made outside mainstream

While announcing the on Friday, Kapur said he was moved by the regional cinema, particularly Malayalam, and films such as "Bhayanakam", "Take Off", and "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum".

The 72-year-old tweeted, "What an eye-opener it has been chairing the 2018. The quality of regional cinema has left us stunned.

"It's world class and it's time to take away the tag of regional cinema. For no longer can compete with the quality we saw from other languages."

Kapur also said the should focus more on regional films, which remains "hidden" from the audiences.

"Unfortunately, and enjoy a highly incestuous relationship. So the brilliance of the new regional cinema remains hidden from audiences. It's time for that to change," he tweeted.

At the awards, the "Bandit Queen" also praised "Village Rockstars", the best feature film winner, saying he did not know films from also went to Film Festival.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 13:10 IST