Marathi films in prime time to become a must for Maharashtra multiplexes

The BJP-Shiv Sena government is also producing a short film on Dadasaheb Phalke for compulsory screening in theatres.

April 07, 2015 06:35 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 05:07 pm IST - Mumbai

In this file photo, cinema-goers ask for directions at the ticket counter of a multiplex in Mumbai.

In this file photo, cinema-goers ask for directions at the ticket counter of a multiplex in Mumbai.

The BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra is set to enact a law to make it mandatory for multiplexes in the State to screen Marathi movies during prime time slots.

Culture Minister Vinod Tawde disclosed this in the State Assembly on Tuesday.

“We are in the process of enacting a law to make it mandatory for multiplexes to screen Marathi films during prime time,” Mr. Tawde said in his reply to a debate on preservation of historical forts, Marathi language and culture.

The State government is also producing a short film on Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of Indian cinema, for screening in theatres, Mr. Tawde said, adding that it will be shown after national anthem.

Screening of the film on Phalke, too, will be made compulsory in the theatres, he said.

This will enable people to know that a Marathi-speaking person laid the foundation stone for Indian cinema, the Minister added.

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