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Bengali cinema significant contributor to India’s soft power, has produced world famous filmmakers : Anurag Thakur

Kolkata, PIB, 20th February 2024 : Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Anurag Thakur today addressed the 2nd Bengal Film Festival ‘Bengal Abar’. The festival is being organised from 17th to 20th February, 2024.

The Minister credited the rich culture of West Bengal for producing artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers who have made a mark not just in India but across the world.

Shri Thakur said that today we are witnessing fast changing technology and Artificial Intelligence. This has and is continuing to change our way of life and how we consume entertainment.

The Minister remarked that India will become the third largest economy in the next three years. However, at the same time, he added, we must continue working towards making India the Content Hub of the World.

The Minister assured the film fraternity that the Government of India will protect the interests of the Indian film and entertainment industry and will always act as an enabler. To that end Shri Thakur reiterated the impactful changes in the Cinematograph Act to prevent film piracy. Special nodal officers are being appointed at all CBFC centers for prevention of piracy.
The Ministry has also been at the forefront of promoting India as a film making hub and has worked towards ease of doing business in the film sector by creating a single window clearance system for film shooting. Shri Thakur further said that the Government has recently embarked on the world’s largest film digitization and restoration project under the National Film Heritage Mission and as part of this drive, 5900 short films, documentaries, and features across languages and genres will be restored to their former glory.

Bengali cinema and the Indian Cinema as a whole has been a significant contributor to India’s soft power, promoting Indian culture, society, values and our citizens globally, Shri Thakur said and added that while our film industry today is hailed as one of the biggest and most globalised industries in the world, we should go beyond this and work to create Indian hegemony in films and art.

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