Expressing concern over decline in films with social message in the State, eminent film director Allani Sridhar urged the State government to take measures to encourage the release of good cinemas for the benefit of the society.

Participating as chief guest at the 100 years of Indian cinema celebrations organised by Karimnagar Film Society here on Friday, he said that the time was not right to release message-oriented movies at present. He said that on this occasion film makers and others should do self introspection for proper understanding of the dynamics of cinema.

Sridhar, director of an award winning Telugu feature film ‘Komaram Bheem’, said that he had opened an academy that makes short films and documentaries and assured free guidance to the budding film aspirants. He also appreciated the Karimnagar Film Society for its efforts to bring out good movies.

MLC T. Santosh Kumar assured to assist the Karimnagar Film Society for the screening of movies in schools and colleges in the district.

He said that Karimnagar district had produced eminent film makers such as B.S. Narayana, who was the first visually challenged person to win the national award for his film.

Telangana Rachayitha Vedika State president Gouri Shankar, Karimnagar Film Society advisor N. Srinivas, president R. Murali, secretary Syed Muzaffar and others were present. On this occasion, award winning film ‘Mughal-e-Azaam’ was screened.