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Ready to help end film row, says VS

Winning smile: Prithviraj, Padmapriya and Khushboo, actors, at the State film awards function in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

Winning smile: Prithviraj, Padmapriya and Khushboo, actors, at the State film awards function in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.  

Staff Reporter

‘Crisis at this stage will harm the film field and society as a whole’

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has made it clear that the State Government is ready to intervene to settle the current dispute in the film industry among organisations of producers, artists and technicians.

Inaugurating the ceremony held here on Wednesday to distribute the State Film Awards of 2006, the Chief Minister said media reports indicated that the current disputes had stemmed from trivial issues. All those in the film field must take the initiative to settle those issues. They must understand that a crisis in the film field at this stage would be harmful not only to them but also to the society as a whole, the Chief Minister said.

Pointing out that pirated CDs were a major cause of crisis in the film industry, Mr. Achuthanandan said the recent firm initiatives taken by the Government had helped to bring down this menace significantly.

The latest crisis had developed at a time when the film industry was just trying to wriggle out of the setbacks it had suffered because of video piracy. The huge production cost was making many films economically unviable. The issue had a special importance in the wake of the massive decline in number of theatre-going audience because of the proliferation of TV programmes. All must sit together to find out a means to reduce the cost of production of films after making a realistic assessment of the possible number of audience, the Chief Minister said.

He appealed to the film-makers to focus their camera on the plight of the poorer sections in society. They must also actively intervene to protect the culture, language, water, earth and other environmental assets of the nation.

Minister for Education M.A. Baby presided.

Several award winners, including the directors Lenin Rajendran and M.P. Sukumaran Nair; the actors Prithviraj, Srinivasan, Padmapriya and Khushbu; the singers Sujata and Sreenivas; the music director Ramesh Narayanan; the child artistes Master Mani and Baby Malavika; and the lyricist Prabha Varma, had come to receive the awards.



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