Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Even documentaries can be made interesting : Jaaved Jaaferi

Actor and filmmaker Jaaved Jaaferi talks about the state of documentary filmmaking in India.


Even documentaries can be made interesting : Jaaved Jaaferi (© Varinder Chawla)

Mumbai: Jaaved Jaaferi, who is the founder and chairman of Indian Documentary Foundation (IDF), says even documentaries can be made in an interesting manner.

"Documentaries can also be made in an interesting manner. Michael Moore is a famous documentary filmmaker and he has also seen commercial success. His documentaries also earned money and the point he wanted to make was always bang on," said the 48-year-old on Wednesday at the announcement of first ever REX - Ideas for Action.

It's a three-day knowledge forum which will see eminent personalities from different walks of life speak on various issues.

With IDF, Jaaved hopes to encourage documentary filmmaking in India.

"We will bring together documentary filmmakers, encourage them, we will bring international documentary makers to train them and increase the documentary making levels. We will also try to assimilate funds to make documentaries and also incorporate documentaries in mainstream," Jaaved said.

"We may have to take support from Bollywood and stars. There are people who want to support but they don't know what to do. So IDF’s (Indian Documentary Foundation) motive is to bring up documentaries which mirror reality and show them to people so that there is a consciousness," he added.

Jaaved feels films and documentaries are the entertainment industry's way of bringing a change in the society.

"To sit with a candle under a Gandhi statue makes no sense; you have to enter the area where the real problem is. It doesn't create a solution. We have to be practical. Filmmaker makes a film, he makes a point. '3 Idiots', he made a point and it had an effect. So this is our medium, he is doing his work and I am doing mine, everyone is doing their bit," he said.

Jaaved produced the documentary 'Inshallah, Football', which bagged the National Award for best film on social issues this year. It was directed by Ashvin Kumar.

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