Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday announced that a single window clearance for filmmaking will be made available for Indian filmmakers. This was previously available only to foreign filmmakers.
Goyal also announced the introduction of an anti-camcording provision in the Cinematography Act to combat film piracy.
The Interim Finance Minister reiterated the government’s earlier announcement of the reduction of GST on movie tickets. GST rates on movie tickets costing up to Rs 100 have been slashed to 12 per cent from 18 per cent, whereas tickets over Rs 100 which had 28 per cent GST rate will now bear only 18 per cent.
He mentioned that the entertainment industry is a major employment generator. This was followed by the mention of Vicky Kaushal starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike. Goyal said, “Saw Uri movie. There was such josh in the theater.”
Directed by Aditya Dhar, Uri revolved around the Indian military’s surgical strike on terror launch pads in Pakistan.
Interestingly, the makers of Uri had launched a ‘surgical strike’ on film pirates. To check its illegal download on piracy sites, its team had uploaded a fake video where after you download the file, you realise that the video only contains a special message against piracy.
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Several stars from the film industry reacted to the Interim Budget. Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, “Welcome move by @narendramodi Government for initiating Anti-Camcording provision in the Cinematography Act to fight Piracy and Single window clearance for Film Shootings.This will help the Film Industry in a Big Way.🙏
Welcome move by @narendramodi Government for initiating Anti-Camcording provision in the Cinematography Act to fight Piracy and Single window clearance for Film Shootings.This will help the Film Industry in a Big Way.🙏#Budget2019
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) February 1, 2019
Siddharth Roy Kapur, who is the President of Producers Guild of India, said in a statement, “We are delighted that the immense contribution of Indian cinema towards employment generation in the country has been acknowledged and applauded in Parliament during the presentation of the Union Budget. The announcement of a single-window clearance mechanism for Indian film makers filming within India is a significant step and has the potential to play a huge role in boosting tourism in the country. The amendments in the Anti Camcording provisions will support the industry’s growth by curtailing illegal recordings of films in cinema halls and will go a long way towards reducing piracy.”
Observing the positive changes in the budget, Rajesh Mishra, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Indian Operations, UFO Moviez says, “We believe that this is a great move for the Indian film industry. We welcome the government’s initiative to introduce the anti-camcording provision as part of the Cinematography Act to fight piracy. This will give teeth to the law to take stringent action against the offender. UFO Moviez digital cinema systems provide watermarking in each cinema wherein the system creates a unique fingerprint when projecting the digital movie on the screen in a non-intrusive manner. Using this technology security feature, it is possible to trace, from a pirated CD or DVD, the name and location of the theater where the film was illegally videographed, along with other co-ordinates like time, date, etc., thus, helping to crack down on piracy. We are sure this is a very pragmatic step by the government and will ensure the reduction of losses the film industry incurs.”
The latest offerings for the entertainment industry comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently held two separate meetings with delegations of actors and filmmakers. The first meeting took place with B-town celebs like Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn, Rakesh Roshan, Sidharth Roy Kapur, Ronnie Screwvala, Prasoon Joshi and others.
This was soon followed by another meeting with the young stars of Bollywood including Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Rajkummar Rao, Ranbir Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana, Ekta Kapoor and Ashwini Ayer Tiwari.
PM Modi had also inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai recently. The event was attended by stars like Aamir Khan, AR Rahman, Imtiaz Ali, Jeetendra, Kapil Sharma, Kartik Aaryan, Parineeti Chopra, Subhash Ghai and others.