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Film-making has become a business: Om Puri

Om Puri


Mumbai, May 2 -- In his film career spanning over four decades, Om Puri has played a range of characters. But the actor is unhappy with the kind of movies that are being made today.

The 64-year-old feels that apart from entertainment, films should also be used to spread social messages. "It's very sad. Today, film-making has become a business. All people want is to invest 10 and earn 12. There is no social responsibility. Cinema is such a powerful medium, one can use it to spread social messages," says the actor.

He feels that film-makers today justify the cinema they are making by suggesting that that's what masses want. "Film-makers say they are giving the audience what they want. I disagree with that, because intense films like Ardh Satya (1983) and Aakrosh (1980) were also very popular," he says.

On the other hand, the actor also disapproves of 'item songs' in films, terming them "vulgar". "In the '60s and '70s, films used to have cabaret sequences. But those were elegantly picturised. Item numbers are so provocatively picturised," he says.