Films can eliminate terrorism, radicalism: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Naqvi said that Indian film industry has been playing a key role in eliminating various social evils

Stating that India has all the facilities and resources to become a “film tourism hub”, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said movies can play an important role in exposing and eliminating the menace of terrorism and radicalism. The Minority Affairs Minister was addressing a ‘Global Film Tourism Conclave’ organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in suburban Mumbai.

Naqvi said that Indian film industry has been playing a key role in eliminating various social evils, creating an atmosphere against various social problems and also towards bringing social reforms. “Indian films have succeeded in delivering effective messages social, cultural and reformist issues. Films can play an important role in eliminating the menace of terrorism and radicalism,” he said.

He added that film makers from across the world have their own favourite places in India to shoot films. “India is geographically, socially and culturally a rich and beautiful country. In India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to northeast states, beautiful locations attract not only domestic, but also foreign film makers to shoot their movies at these places,” he said. He added that the Centre and various state governments encourage film makers from across the country and the world to make film in their regions. “We should provide information to the entire world about these promotional programmes,” he said. He also said that India has all the “facilities, possibilities and resources” to become a “film tourism hub”. He added that organisations such as PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry can play an important role in encouraging these possibilities. Naqvi said that India is one of the few countries in the world, where the film sector has an industry status.

Filmmaker Boney Kapoor said the need is to create a single window clearance system across India to get shooting permissions, while Mukesh Bhatt who has filmed widely in international destinations, said shooting in Indian locations is cumbersome. A report released jointly by the PHD Chamber and its knowledge partner BnB Nation also said the Indian film industry is in for a 11.5 per cent year-on-year growth and its revenue realisation is likely to touch $3.7 billion by 2020. The industry is likely to reach the figure against its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 10 per cent in the last couple of years, read a statement.

According to the report, the film industry faces multiple challenges on regulatory fronts such as about 70 approvals and licenses from as many as 30 authorities for shooting films in India. The report also indicates that the growth of the industry could be higher if its regulations are minimised. Due to hurdles in obtaining licenses, India has lost at least 18 big budget movies to other locations in the last four years, the report said.

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