Narendra Modi at NMIC inauguration: Films based not only on problems but also solutions are a sign of changing society

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 January said films and society are a reflection of each other and like cinema, India too is changing with times.

The prime minister was speaking at the inauguration of the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai.

"The country is changing and finding its own solutions. If there are a million problems, there are also a billion solutions," the PM said.

"Films have an important role in India's soft power," Modi said while narrating how he was struck by the popularity of Indian films overseas when he met and interacted with the leaders of foreign countries.

He assured the film industry that effective steps are being taken to curb piracy and "camcording". "In order to curb piracy, the government is taking steps to make amendments in the Cinematograph Act 1952," said the PM. He further added, "A single-window system for obtaining permissions for film shoots and related matters are on the anvil."

He also calls for organising a "Global Film Summit" on the lines of "World Economic Summit" at Davos.

"There was a suggestion that an international summit related to films in India similar to the World Economic Summit at Davos should be organised at a gap of two years or so, whereby the new market, business strategy and new ways and means of finance should be known to the world and Indian film industry," said Modi.

"Films also play a big role in the growth of the tourism sector, which gives employment to even the poorest people, even 'chaiwala' makes money when tourism grows," he said.

Modi also emphasised on the need for a dedicated university for communication and entertainment and said that the Centre is working for establishing a national centre of excellence for animation, visual effects, gaming and comics.

"A full-fledged university for communication and entertainment would be established. The university will have all the modern technology; an enormous scope for creativity, and will work in coordination with the finance world," said the PM.

Asserting that 'Design in India' is as important as 'Make in India', Modi added, "Design in India is as important as Make in India. We are working towards establishing a national centre of excellence for animation, visual effects, gaming and comics". While greeting the audience at the inauguration, he asked the gathering: "How's the josh?" in an oblique reference to the film Uri made on surgical strikes.

He said that the Indian film industry is facing problem in present times due to obsolete laws that are still in the rule books and make no sense in contemporary times.

"In the last four-and-half years, our government has abolished 1400 laws that were obsolete in the present times and were only creating problems for the common men and government in dealing with each other," he said.

"Technology has changed but the law is of 1952. Film industry should think in depth about this and suggest us as these laws are good for nothing," the Prime Minister said.

- With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Jan 19, 2019 20:22:57 IST

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