I don`t watch Bollywood masala: veteran filmmaker G L Bhardwaj

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 18:14 PM IST

Jaipur: Gurcharan Lal Bhardwaj, the octogenarian filmmaker, who began his career as an assistant to Raj Kapoor and went on to make acclaimed documentaries says that he is not a fan of today`s "Bollywood masala movies".

"I do not like going to see the new movies as I have been devoted to making creative and informative films for the masses for the last 60 years," Bhardwaj told reporters on the sidelines of Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF).

The 83-year-old worked with Raj Kapoor on films like `Shri 420` and `Dilli Door Nahin` and won dozens of national and international awards including the President`s Award for the movie `Land of Krishna`.

Admired by Indira Gandhi for his famous documentary film `Fifth Sense` on students` psychology, Bhardwaj still treasures his first camera, which he had bought for three rupees.

Fascinated with colours and rhythms of Rajasthan`s life, art and culture, Lahore born Bhardwaj continues to work. His documentary, `Savita Rathi Sarpanch` will soon be telecast on Doordarshan.

Bhardwaj is making another film revolving around the woman sarpanch of Sodha village titled `Chavvi`.

"I have worked on targeted subjects with a mission to educate the rural masses of India. In popular cinema, real fiction is absent, real songs are missing, and the script takes a back seat," he said.

PTI