The Kerala government is planning to promote entrepreneurship in the film industry, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.
Addressing the centenary celebrations of Indian cinema at Chennai on Tuesday, he said the government had decided to extend the scope of the recently announced youth entrepreneurship policy to cinema as well. This, he said, would provide a stepping stone for students and the youth to explore opportunities in the film industry.
In his speech, a copy of which was released to the media here, Mr. Chandy said efforts were on to set up an archive to preserve the rich cultural heritage of cinema in the State. A new film institute, K.R. Narayanan Institute of Film and Television, was being set up to train young aspirants in the art and craft of film-making.
Mr. Chandy exhorted film-makers to explore Kerala and add its creative charms to their productions. Highlighting the acceptance of the film fraternity among the people of India, he stressed the need to use it as a means to bring positive changes in society. “Cinema can influence people and emphasise the need to curb all forms of violence and cruelty, especially those against women and children. The art of film-making should adhere to healthy entertainment and also direct its energy towards bringing into focus issues of social relevance, communal harmony, and national integrity,” he said.