On Republic Day, the veteran producer pledges to do justice to the diverse topography of the country
“The trend to shoot abroad even if it is not contextually needed in a film, has been overdone, I feel” Anand Pandit
In 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the Indian film industry economically and emotionally and stalled the frenetic pace with which it usually works.
The lockdown also brought with it a renewed appreciation for the familiar and the local among the industry professionals.
Veteran producer Anand Pandit looks back at 2020 and recalls how the year brought his attention back to the richly detailed and nuanced beauty of Indian stories as well as locations.
He says, “The trend to shoot abroad even if it is not contextually needed in a film, has been overdone, I feel.
“There is so much in India that hasn’t yet been explored by us” Anand Pandit
When I shot ‘Chehre‘ in Slovakia, the script demanded a certain kind of an atmosphere but there is so much in India that hasn’t yet been explored by us, be it in the North-East, Kerala or the far-flung regions of Himachal Pradesh.
This Republic Day, I look forward to doing justice to our own locations and milieus through cinema and will do everything in my power to generate employment for our own youth because that is the need of the hour.”
Anand Pandit whose two big projects, ‘The Big Bull’ and ‘Chehre’ are scheduled for release this year, concludes, “It is for our new projects with new talents that we are now looking at local destinations and whatever we green-light in the near future will celebrate the varied topography of India.”