Govt to release SOPs for restarting shooting of films soon: Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar (File)

New Delhi (NVI): The Centre is soon going to release Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for restarting shooting of films amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said today.

“Government is formulating SOPs for shooting and re-starting filmmaking in India, which has come to a standstill in the current scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Javadekar said.

While addressing at the inaugural session of ‘FICCI FRAMES 2020’ through video conferencing, Javadekar said that the government will partner with the film industry for the progress of the sector and to harness the “soft power” of India, i.e., media and entertainment.

“Content produced by India is consumed in more than 150 countries and Indian cinema creates a large number of job opportunities and earns significant revenue,” he said, adding that though contribution of Indian media and entertainment sector is small to the global market currently, it can help in achieving stupendous results.

Javadekar added that media and entertainment sector needs new entrepreneurs, founders and owners to steer the industry forward. He assured that the government will stand shoulder to shoulder with the industry and urged the stakeholders to share their suggestions and recommendations with the ministry for propelling the sector forward.