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'India is in an unfinished story...'

January 21, 2014 11:42 IST

'India is in an unfinished story...'

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'... And all of us need to do more to give it a happy Bollywood ending.'

'I used to be a huge optimist, but now I have become somewhat of a pessimist. As a country, we don't seem to want to get things right,' says Sanjoy Roy, producer of the Jaipur Literary Festival, the biggest free annual literary event in the world.

I love everything about India -- the colour, the magic, the stories, the architecture, the sand, the dust, the monsoon, the culture, the vibrancy and the passion.

I sometimes feel that India is in some ways an unfinished story and all of us need to do more to give it a happy Bollywood ending.

I used to be a huge optimist, but now I have become somewhat of a pessimist.

As a country, we don't seem to want to get things right.

I am optimistic about the fact that more and more young people are keen on taking the dialogue forward, on taking part in the political discourse of the country.

If more people stand up and speak, change will happen, and I am optimistic about it.

The inequity that exists in India saddens me.

You and me don't even see the inequity, we take it for granted.

Progress has to be made for everyone, it has to be collective. We have to take everyone forward.

Sanjoy RoySanjoy Roy is the producer of the popular Jaipur Literary Festival and is the managing director of Teamwork, a production house with interests in the performing and visual arts, social sector, films and television.

He has received the National Award for Excellence and best director for the film Shahjahanabad.

He spoke to Sanchari Bhattacharya.

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