Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced significant decisions for the Entertainment industry in the Interim Union Budget he presented in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The Minister acknowledged the industry as a major ‘employment generator’ and revealed plans to combat piracy and ease the process to obtain permissions for shoots.
Goyal announced the set-up of a single window clearance for the ease of obtaining permissions for shootings and plan to introduce anti-camcording provisions in the Cinematograph Act to fight piracy.
“Entertainment industry is a major employment generator. To promote Entertainment industry, single window clearance for ease of shooting films, earlier available only to foreigners, is now going to be made available to Indian filmmakers as well. Regulatory provisions will now rely more on self-declaration. We will also introduce anti-camcording provisions in the Cinematograph Act to control the menace of piracy,” Minister said.
Sharing the impact of cinema in India and the love people give it, Goyal opened up on the recent blockbuster ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’.
“We have a fondness for Bollywood, and we watch the films too. It provides in a big way the scope to provide employment. In various regions of India, the making of films is done in a significant way, and people get employment through it, be it Telugu cinema or Malayalam cinema.”
"Recently, you all might have watched it and even I got the privilege of watching ‘Uri’, (experiencing) the kind of enjoyment and energy that was present in the theatre," Goyal said amid thundering applause from the Members of Parliament. We see Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore shouting the viral war cry ‘How’s the Josh’ from the movie while one of the actors of the movie, Paresh Rawal is delightedly applauding.
Watch the video above and the full speech here: