"In our country, cinema is a major source of entertainment. In other countries, there are other sources of entertainment. So, it's fine to celebrate cinema in different places," said Ratnam, known for award-winning Tamil films like "Mouna Ragam", "Nayagan" and "Anjali". "We should look at India like Europe. As many languages are there, therefore, there will be as many film festivals. I don't think it dilutes the purpose in any fashion," added the filmmaker who also went behind the camera for his terrorism trilogy - "Roja", "Bombay" and "Dil Se...". Ratnam believes every film fest should encourage cross-cultural interaction.
"Film festivals should not only celebrate cinema and its masters but should also encourage cross-cultural interaction. It's an opportunity to see how films in some other countries are made versus our very own. It's a platform to rub shoulders with talent from all over," he said. On the filmmaking front, Ratnam is currently busy scripting his next project. The film is said to be a trilingual featuring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu and Aishwarya Rai. "Nothing has been finalised. I'm still writing and only when I complete it, will I be able to confirm my cast," he said.