Costa-GavrasIn the ongoing 44th Mumbai Film Festival, veteran French filmmaker Costa Gavras was conferred Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the global cinema. The 80-year-old Oscar winning director is mostly known for his political thrillers.

On his Mumbai visit, the Greek-origin Frenchman visited the Art Deco buldings of South Mumbai and spent time watching Hindi films such as Udaan and Om Shanti Om. He has also expressed interest towards Marathi cinema.

Speaking on the issue of censorship, Costa Gavras advised Indian filmmakers not to succumb to censor diktats and encourage them to fight it. He also highlighted on films to be made sensibly as they are the key medium holding the power to influence public views.

The French filmmaker has made Oscar nominated thriller Z (1969), which focused on the assassination of a democratic Greek politician; Oscar winning film Missing (1982), which was based on the true story of an American journalist who disappears in Chile; and his most recent work Le Capital (2012) which speaks about the dangerous influence banking institutions exert across continents, all have drawn attention towards pressing global issues and bringing a change.