Release of a book on Indian films, that too on the sidelines of the ongoing International Film Festival of India, would always be a happy event. And if the book is written by the former chief executive officer of the Entertainment Society of Goa, then the joy should be doubled. However, strange are the ways of the authorities, who refused permission to the ex-CEO of the ESG, Manoj Srivastava to release his new book, ‘Wide Angle: History of Indian Cinema’ at the media centre, in the Old GMC Complex. The book was subsequently released at the Campal Corniche, in front of the ESG Complex.
“I requested the ESG authorities to provide the media centre as a venue for release of my book, however, they did not give permission for the same,” said Srivastava, who guided the IFFI for more than five years in the capacity of the ESG CEO. “Having no other option, I decided to go for a road release, at a location that would be easily accessible to my friends from the media and the delegates attending the IFFI,” he said, mentioning that his book speaks as to how the cinematic movement came about in India, and deals with various complex issues related to Indian films.
Speaking further, the former CEO of the ESG said that the book discusses issues like denigration of the film music, which has become part of our life and provided emotional support to many over the years; comparatively long duration of Indian films stretching up to three hours; five to seven mandatory song-and-dance sequences existing in our films; requirement of long unwinding dialogues in these films; and even as to why the Indian cinema is so different from the average life of a common man.
“The book tried to answer questions like say, why the screen husband calls his wife ‘Sajani’, while the wife addresses him ‘Saiyyan’,” Srivastava said, pointing out that even the cinematic language used in the dialogues is discussed in the book. “I have even tried to touch upon the art film movement in India; how it came up and how it faded away,” he informed.
The book further speaks about the journey of film posters right from the hand-painted posters to the 3-D digital ones used in present times.
“The size of the book is small, and it will be available at affordable price of `199,” Srivastava stated, observing that he has however not been hurt by the behaviour of the authorities. “Goa does not make me sad any longer,” he quipped.