Children’s films in India usually ‘dumbed down’: Nagesh Kukunoor

Children’s films in India are often “dumbed down” or made “very stupid” and there was a need to make intelligent movies for them, director Nagesh Kukunoor said on Monday.

“The problem is that whenever we talk about children’s films in India, the first thing that comes to mind is a very dumbed down, very stupid film which is just ‘ha ha, hi hi’… stuff like that. If we change that approach, then intelligent children’s films can be made,” Kukunoor said at the Smile’s International Children’s Film Festival.

“If you look at a lot of animation films made abroad, as an adult you can enjoy them and as a child they can enjoy it,” the director added.

Asked if there was a need for more children’s films in India, he said: “Definitely.” “Film is an art form and business is always associated with it. If we genuinely start making films for kids, I think we can see the business side also.”

Kukunoor’s upcoming film “Dhanak” is a children’s film which won an award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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