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Lijo Jose Pellissery: I am an independent filmmaker, don’t ask us to stop working

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Malayalam filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery took to Facebook to share his opinion about Malayalam film bodies cancelling shooting.

Lijo Jose Pellissery

Malayalam filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery took to Facebook to announce that he is an independent filmmaker. In his long note, he said that he is not ready to stop making films in this time of despair.

His post comes a day after Kerala Film Chamber and Film Exhibitors’ United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK) declared their support to Malayalam producers against resuming production of new films.

Lijo wrote, “For me, cinema is not a money-making machinery but a medium to express my vision. So from today onwards, I am an independent filmmaker. I will use all the money I raise from cinema to fuel better cinema and nothing else. I will screen my cinema anywhere I feel is right because I am the creator of it (sic).”

He further added, “We are in the middle of a pandemic-a war-jobless people-identity crisis-poverty and religious unrest. People are walking 1000 miles just to reach home. Artists are dying out of depression. So, these are times to create great art just to inspire people to feel alive. Just to give them hope in some form to stay alive. Don’t ask us to stop working. Don’t ask us to stop creating. Don’t question our integrity. Don’t question our self-respect. You will terribly loose because we are artists (sic).”

Here’s the post:

While the Kerala government has allowed the shooting of films and TV shows adhering to the proposed guidelines. But, the Kerala Film Producers Association (KFPA) had asked filmmakers to not begin shooting of new films till the lockdown ends.

This did not go down well with Lijo as he had announced that he will start film his next film titled A from July 1. The film bodies will hold talks with director Lijo to sort the issue.

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