Special Correspondent

To tackle film industry's problems

Producers' organisation agrees to revive production

Steps to float welfare fund to be intensified

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State government will form an Entertainment Regulatory Authority with sufficient legal backing to tackle the problems dogging the film industry, Minister for Cultural Affairs M.A. Baby has said.

Briefing presspersons about the discussions he had with fraternal organisations of the film industry here on Wednesday night, Mr. Baby said the Film Producers' Association had agreed to repeal its decision to stop production and to revive production of films in full swing from Saturday.

The government would intensify the steps to float a welfare fund for those involved in the entertainment industry, including indigent artistes and workers.

Chitranjali Studio

The Chitranjali Studio here would soon be developed into a premier facilitation centre so that the State could emerge as the hub of Malayalam cinema. The structure, responsibilities and the ambit of the authority would be worked out through discussions.

Special support

The government would lend special support to quality films and they would be exhibited in government theatres. A panel, headed by Additional Chief Secretary T. Balakrishnan and Chalachitra Academy chairman K.R. Mohanan, would hear the problems and issues in the industry. Organisations and individuals could raise their views before the panel so that these were taken up by the government.

Another round of discussions would be held here on May 27, he said.