Podcast Interview: Govind Nihalani on Parallel Cinema and Bollywood
Part-III of our podcast conversation cinematographer, director and producer Govind Nihalani talks about Parallel Cinema, Middle Cinema and Bollywood. Mr. Nihalani’s interview makes a nice segue to what Dr. Salman Akhtar mentioned in his podcast interview about Hindi films in the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Nihalani talks of what else was happening during the 1960s in Indian cinema: the start of the parallel cinema movement that began in the 1970s.
Parallel cinema in Indian films, more the Hindi films started in the 1970s and Mr. Shyam Benegal’s Ankur was one of the first films made in this genre, that was also interchangably known as “Art Cinema,” by some.
During the 1960s the establishment of film clubs in Bombay and other cities allowed many young film makers to watch International films. In Part-II of our podcast converstion Mr. Nihalani discussed how East European films had a huge impact on them. And in Part-III he discusses the birth of parallel cinema and morphed into middle cinema. Mr.Nihalani discusses in what ways parallel cinema was different from the then mainstream cinema. He also points out that not all films in the parallel cinema category were good one.
With the introduction and expansion of TV programs during the 1980s many of the people involved in parallel cinema switched to making programs for the small screen. Tune in and listen what Mr. Nihalani has to say about this interesting and creative phase in the history of Hindi cinema. Mr. Nihalani is a well-known cinematographer, director and producer. Mr. Nihalani has an impressive list of films (feature and TV) to his credentials right from Ankur and Gandhi to Tamas to Thakshak.