Bollywood delegates visited Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at Raj Bhavan when he was on a one-day visit to Maharashtra. They were here to discuss the issues, the film industry faces.
The delegation included Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Siddharth Roy Kapur, the president of the Film Producers Guild, Rakesh Roshan, Ronnie Screwvala, CEO of Fox Star Studios Vijay Singh and the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Prasoon Joshi.
PIB issued a statement saying, “The team from the film fraternity gave an overview of the vast growth potential of the media and entertainment industry. They also pitched for lower and uniform rates of GST for the entertainment industry in India.” To which Narendra Modi assured the film fraternity that the Union Government is supportive of the media and entertainment industry and it would consider the the suggestions positively.
Modi tweeted later, “Had an extensive and fruitful interaction with a delegation from the film and entertainment industry. The delegation spoke about the studies being made by the film and entertainment industry, and gave valuable inputs relating to GST for their sector.”
Had an extensive and fruitful interaction with a delegation from the film and entertainment industry.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2018
Akshay who was also the part of the delegation tweeted, “Heartfelt thank you to the honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji for taking out time to hear us at length, discuss issues pertaining to our industry and assuring positive consideration of suggestions.”
Heartfelt thank you to the honorable Prime Minister @narendramodi ji for taking out time to hear us at length, discuss issues pertaining to our industry and assuring positive consideration of suggestions. pic.twitter.com/ShGfr0Jlvu
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 18, 2018
Karan Johar also posted a tweet, “It was enlightening to hear the honourable Prime Minsiter @narendramodi share his views on our Industry’s soft power status and the strength of our cinema…he gave our media and entertainment representatives a patient and solid hearing….thank you Sir!!”
It was enlightening to hear the honourable Prime Minsiter @narendramodi share his views on our Industry’s soft power status and the strength of our cinema…he gave our media and entertainment representatives a patient and solid hearing….thank you Sir!! pic.twitter.com/BIl8ubQwYa
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 18, 2018
This was the second meeting of the delegates with the Prime Minister. Earlier, along with Amir khan, they went to delhi for a meet up in October.
According to the sources, Sidhwani urged urged the prime minister to look towards treating cinema as an “industry” by acknowledging its contribution to the nation’s exchequer and fiscal growth, and in promoting bilateral ties between nations as a global cultural ambassador.
The Source said, “It was a collaborative effort to come forward, address issues and seek solutions from the Prime Minister directly.” He added, “acknowledged that our films are being recognised internationally and agreed that filmmakers are no less important than nation-builders.”
He also said, “He has assured the delegation that he will personally work towards setting up a special committee to look into the industry matters and address them urgently.”
The source called the it a “productive meeting with a positive outcome”.
PM Modi is in Maharashtra for the launch of infrastructure and housing projects worth about Rs 41,000 crore.