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Filmmaking: The Burden of Greatness

by Ranjan Das.


Unlike cinema, where one can move back and forth in time at will, life moves ceaselessly forward without bothering to give you a chance to undo your mistakes and fix missed opportunities. The vacuum created by aspiring filmmakers who are on the wrong side of 40 is being constantly replenished by younger directors, who occasionally spring up surprises with their innovative works, while time continues its relentless march forward.

But what really ails the failed filmmaker? A Hollywood veteran had once remarked that the two most difficult jobs in the world are flying a fighter plane and making a film. In the context of this remark, one can understand those who tried and failed, but what about those who never tried at all but sat in the wings, dreaming up grandiose projects while trashing every effort by contemporary filmmakers?

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