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Exclusive: Sanjay Suri: 'Indian filmmakers should focus on world platforms'

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Actor/producer Sanjay Suri has said that Indian cinema needs to be recognised on the world platform.

The I Am star is currently in Cannes as part of the Marche Du Film Producers Network, where he is presenting five independent film projects with a view to exploring co-production possibilities.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Suri said: "Indian cinema has been recognised at the festival long back. There was the quality of Satyajit Ray, but after that India has really been focusing on the international market and the diaspora market, but there is no market for independent films in the diaspora.

"Within the country there is a whole movement of indie films and art house films which are pushing the envelope and finding a lot of value in it also and they are successfully released.

"At the same time also the same independent filmmakers including us, are focusing on world platforms and being a part of world cinema.

"It's not enough to be content with our own country, because we have a huge market. We really don't keep the world market in view in the indie space. Indian filmmakers should focus on world platforms.

"The reason why I'm here and many others are is that we love world cinema and we want to be on the world platform. India is exciting and the west is also looking at it."

Suri, whose home production I Am won the National Award, spoke also about his forthcoming acting projects, including the much-anticipated Heroine.

"I have a part in Heroine. It's been really good," he explained. "We've been trying to work together, Madhur and I, for a long time. We tried to for Fashion and we just couldn't work out dates and this time fortunately it worked out.

"I'm also in a film called As the River Flows that was shot in Assam and you'll see me in my own production called Chauranga, which I'm pitching over here."

The filmmaker went on to describe the experience of the festival, saying: "There's so much available that you can't do everything and I'm going to miss out on watching films and I'm hating it. But I'm very focused on the Producers Network right now and getting the co-production going."

Heroine is scheduled for release in 2012.

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