India can become a global leader in the film industry: Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal.

New Delhi (NVI): The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal today said that India can become a global leader in the film industry and we need to take it beyond the boundaries of the country.

He said this while addressing the valedictory session of FICCI Frames through virtual means.

Goyal said that the film industry can churn out quality products, win awards, and invite more investment and capital in the industry.

Talking about the restrictive practices and roadblocks created by certain countries for the Indian film industry, the Minister said that this is not acceptable, and India will reciprocate in similar manner, if such issues are brought to the notice of the Government.

He further added that the government will work to provide a single window clearance for film shootings in the country and urged FICCI along with other associations to help in devising a mechanism.

During the address of the valedictory session of FICCI FRAMES 2020 on ‘Putting COVID Behind Us: The Way Forward’, Goyal said, “I would like you to think out-of-the-box, bring innovation. We can get everybody on board, simplify the process with a single form and one fees could be done. My Ministry along with I&B Ministry will be happy to take it up. We are doing this for other industries and would love to do it for you too.”

In order to attract more foreign companies and promote domestic film shooting, the Minister said, “I will be talking to the states and within the government to ensure attracting more film making in India so that they don’t go to any other international place which will also improve our tourism sector. We all have to work together.”

Enumerating the benefits of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Yojna, Goyal also added that it is not about closing our doors, but opening the doors to greater global engagement from a position of strength, confidence, from a position where we negotiate on equal terms. “It is for a position where we ensure the safety and security of all stakeholders is equally well taken care of in the industry,” he said.

In addition to this, highlighting the challenges and opportunities posed by COVID-19, he said that it is important that industry leaders use this opportunity to prepare the country and the industry for a post COVID world.

“The world is adapting to the new way of working and to stay ahead, you need to think out-of-the-box, innovate, reimagine and redesign the framework of business and reinventing the future is going to determine the success of the industry,” Goyal added.

Sangita Reddy, President, FICCI said during the ceremony, “As a recognition of the growing M&E global footprint, the Government of India has also designated audio-visual services as a Champion Sector for exports in 2018 which is in sync with our vision of India as a Vishwaguru. We have evolved in terms of technology and capability in all new-age arts, be it animation, visual effects or gaming.”

-CHK