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‘Screen Select Films in Govt Theatres’

Published: 14th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2014 08:59 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: While welcoming the recommendations in the Adoor Gopalakrishnan panel in its spirit, a section of the film makers expressed concern over some of them. Their key demand is to attach priority for the screening of selected films in the government owned theatres, which the report is silent about. “The government should not behave in the same manner as the private entrepreneurs. Hence it should not fix a ‘hold over’ policy for films according to the collection. They should give priority to better films in order to reach the public”, said film maker and actor  Joy Mathew. 

Director Dr Biju too demanded a decent accommodation for good films in theatres owned by the government. “I welcome the decision to omit films which receive subsidy from entertainment tax. However, what matters most is their reach. Unlike in the current scenario, the government should  give better treatment to the films selected. Hence the setting up of the committee is also very important. It should be of  transparent  nature  monitored by masters like Adoor Gopalakrishnan or Shaji N Karun. Otherwise as artistic value more or less a relative nature can be violated”, said Dr Biju, who has raised his voice against the unjust practices in the film industry.

Meanwhile, Joy Mathew who was at logger heads with the award committee demanded that the committee, while selecting films should not promote those films tailor made for film festivals as they are also ‘formula films’ aimed at the festival. He wanted more powers to be vested with the delegates of the IFFK instead of a committee for better selection, as the committee would end up as resort of ‘retired or inactive’ film makers.

Many film makers said they would give their response in the coming days after studying the report in detail. 

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