In an open stage interaction with actress Suhasini Maniratnam, who asked questions on behalf of many film personalities, at the inauguration of the 11th annual CIFF event, Kamal Haasan, said, ‘the industry was in need of new writers. There are books, but books will not make cinema. Even Shakespeare will have to learn script-writing. The Malayalam industry is making films from books. I became a writer by default. And importantly if a film has to stand the test of time, it depends on what the filmmaker reads’.