Hyderabad, November 13, 2017: Experts in the field of Cinema, Academics and Fine Arts today opined that use of humour and fantasy in children’s films will help in developing the personality of children and change their behaviour patterns thereby enabling them to become better people and stand out in society.
They were speaking at an open forum on “Humour and Fantasy in children’s films” at Prasad IMAX here on the sixth day of the week-long International Children’s Film Festival of India (ICFFI) 2017, organised by Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and Telangana Government.
Actor Lushin Dubey said introducing fantasy and humour in children’s films would help in developing creativity of minds among the audience but an overdose of this would not be good, hence a balance should be struck while exposing children to humour and imaginative world.
Actor Satish Kaushik, who has made a film “School Chalega” for children, said as a child he had heard stories from his grandmother which were full of fantasy and humour. Then came the magic touch of the visual effects in cinema and that he had recreated this effect in film Mr India through a character which was enjoyed by children. Life is stressful and laughter is the best therapy, he emphasised.
Festival Director and CEO of CFSI Dr Shravan Kumar said there was a need to introduce humour in children’s films. Imagination and fantasy were interlinked he said adding that one cannot indulge in fantasy without the ground realties and imagination.
Veteran Actor Mukesh Khanna, who is Chairman of Children’s film Society, India (CFSI), said he and his generation had lived their childhood and a child of younger generation today should not be deprived of his childhood which is full of fantasy and imagination.
Humour is the best medicine and should be shared wth every child. Humour and fantasy would help in the developing children’s personality, he said while giving example of Shaktiman TV serial in which he had acted as a superhero and had caught the imagination of younger kids.
Film maker Ashok Kaul suggested that CFSI should take up with the union government the need to introduce the subject of ‘Story Telling’ in school syllabus while Bala Raj, Dean, AISFM (Annapurna), said the power of humour would influence a child. The strength of children audience is more than the adult audience and yet more and more films are made for the elders and not for the younger generation. Films with fantasy and humour would help children in developing their personality, he said.