Addressing the media at IFFI 2015, Nikita Mikhalkov, the doyen of Russian cinema said: “I have grown up watching Indian cinema. The Love and tenderness portrayed in Raj Kapoor’s films has influenced me since childhood.” Oscar winning Russian filmmaker, actor and head of the Russian Cinematographer’s Union, Nikita Mikhalkov will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to world cinema at the 46th International Film Festival of India. One of his master pieces, ‘Burnt by the Sun’ was screened at the special tribute section today.
Replying to a question about the violence in today’s world, he got emotional and said “Today, the world is dying from its own greed. It has stopped thinking of itself as is a creation of God. People value money more than emotions and this is leading to violence and aggression”. Speaking about his Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015, he thanked the Directorate of Film Festival for the award and said he feels proud to be included in the list of distinguished personalities who have previously received this prestigious award.
Talking about his films, Mikhalkov, who represents Soviet cinema internationally, stated: “A film becomes an international film when it is truly national and culturally oriented. My films portray a wide spectrum of love. They are always truthful and have all kind of emotions. They are a comment on the life of a particular time, not on any political system. I do not like to follow a strict set or format of film making as movies should have the freedom to breath.”
The celebrated filmmaker is winner of the 1995 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. “At Home among Strangers” was his first feature film while he garnered international recognition for his film “A Slave of Love in 1975”. In 1994, his film “Burnt by the Sun”, won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival and an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film in 1995.