Loneliness and Solitude in Cinema | ಸಿನೆಮಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂಟಿತನ ಮತ್ತು ಏಕಾಂತತೆ

ಒಂಟಿತನ ಮತ್ತು ಏಕಾಂತತೆ ವಿಷಯದ ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕೀರ್ಣ
ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿರುವವರು : ಗಿರೀಶ್‌ ಕಾಸರವಳ್ಳಿ, ಅನಿಲ್‌ ಜಾಂಕರ್‌, ಅಭಯ ಸಿಂಹ

Cinema, which has a history of delving into the unfathomed depths of human solitude and loneliness & showcasing them on the silver screen as a community experience, is now posed with a new challenge to cater to those audiences watching it in solitude. The IQAC & Department of Languages, St Aloysius Evening College, Mangaluru, and Sanchi Foundation, Bengaluru, have come together to conduct an analytical dialogue on this crucial topic of universal prominence.

Date: 1 August 2020 | Time: 5 pm

Our honoured panelists in the dialogue…

Girish Kasaravalli is an Indian film director, in the Kannada cinema, and one of the pioneers of the Parallel Cinema. Known internationally for his works, Kasaravalli has garnered fourteen National Film Awards, including four Best Feature Films; Ghatashraddha (1977), Tabarana Kathe (1986), Thaayi Saheba (1997) and Dweepa (2002). In 2011, he was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award by Government of India. A gold medalist from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, The film he made to fulfil his diploma, Avashesh, was awarded the Best Student Film and the National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film for that year. He has received thirteen National Film Awards. He has also won awards in the International Film Festivals held in Moscow, Jakarta, Germany, Cairo, Barcelona, Italy and Madrid.

Anil Zankar is a filmmaker, writer, film historian, teacher, media consultant and a recipient of two national awards for writing. He has 40 years of experience in Filmmaking, Teaching and Writing. He has made 22 short films on social issues and institutions, bio-pics and corporate themes. He was formerly Dean, FLAME School of Communication, at FLAME University at Pune. He has presented papers at International conferences in Poland, Japan and UAE. He has also given lectures and taught courses at various prestigious institutions such as Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla, FTII, NSD, NID, Whistling Woods International, NCPA, University of Pune, Allahabad University, Kerala University, Osmania University and many more. He was the Editor of a magazine, Lights Camera Action published in collaboration with BFI, UK. His has published a book on Mughal-e-Azam, and some chapters in the international publications of Routledge Publishing House, Britannica Encyclopedia as well as several academic journals and magazines.


He is a well-known film writer and director. A two-time National Award winner. Abhaya Simha has also been decorated with the State Award. He is an active member of the Sanchi Foundation and a distinguished alumnus of St Aloysius College, Mangaluru.

Technology is known to make islands out of human beings. But cinema, essentially a technology-enabled art form, continued to be a social event. Hence it was and is being screened in a ‘theater’. TV was a major challenge. But cinema could retain its distinction. Further challenges were tackled by being inclusive. And it continued to be a collective, social activity. However, the current predicament is compelling it to become an isolated experience.

Marketing people struggled for decades to sell multiple TV sets to a single household. But smart phones made it a reality. They have now become the new ‘theaters or screens in our palms… holding the world in a fist! Now the pandemic, with its mandatory ‘social distancing’, has threatened the very ‘social’ aspect of the movie-watching experience.

Cinema has effectively perceived and portrayed the individual in society, and has also thrown light on the lonely person in a crowd. At present, we seem to be in need of a model where a viewer has to watch a movie as an isolated entity. This is a discussion at the conceptual level during these times of change… how cinema perceives the need, and comes to terms with it.


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