Govt. relaxes norms on film shooting

Indoor shooting outside State allowed

Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: The Minister for Information, B. Shivaram, said on Monday that the Government has permitted Kannada film producers to shoot 50 per cent of their film requirements (both outdoor and indoor) outside the State with prior permission to support the film industry, which is facing a threat from films in other languages.

He told presspersons here that hitherto producers were allowed to shoot only 50 per cent of their films in outdoor locations outside the State with prior permission. Now they can shoot up to 50 per cent of their indoor requirements as well, and a Government Order in this regard has been issued. The decision was taken because of pressure from the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) and other frontal organisations of the Kannada film industry, he said.

The KFCC had appealed to the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, in this regard.

Asked about the impact the decision will have on various studios, including the Government-owned Kanteerava Studio, and the workers employed by them, he said that though he had invited the leaders of the workers' union for a discussion, they did not turn up. However, the Government is prepared to reconsider the decision if necessary, he said.

The decision to allow indoor shooting outside the State will affect 4,500 workers of Kanteerava, Abhiman, Puttanna and Abbai Naidu studios and render idle the infrastructure developed for indoor shooting requirements.

To a query, he said the Government has backtracked on its decision to disinvest 74 per cent of its shares in Kanteerava Studio.

When asked about the plans to exempt all "remake" films from tax, he said the proposal is being considered. A meeting convened by the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting in New Delhi recently floated the idea of a uniform tax system for all films, and this is also being considered seriously, he added.

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