Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented Interim budget for the year 2019-2020 in the Lok Sabha. He had a piece of good news for the Indian film industry this year. Goyal announced a single window clearance for Indian filmmakers for the smooth shooting of films.
He said, “Entertainment industry is a major employment generator. To promote the entertainment industry, there will be single window clearance to ease shooting of films.
“This was earlier available only to foreigners (and) is now going to be made available to Indian filmmakers as well.”
The Central Minister also revealed that the government will include anti-camcording provisions in the Cinematography Act to control piracy.
While presenting the budget he also mentioned Vicky Kaushal starrer ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike‘ which he recently watched and praised it by saying “Jo Josh tha wo movie mein (the film was high on energy).” The statement inducted a huge cheer from the politicians.
Producers Guild of India President Siddharth Roy Kapur thanked the government for the clearance. He said in a statement, “The announcement of a single-window clearance mechanism for Indian filmmakers filming within India is a significant step and has the potential to play a huge role in boosting tourism in the country. The amendments in the Anti-Camcording provisions will support the industry’s growth by curtailing illegal recordings of films in cinema halls and will go a long way towards reducing piracy,”
Before this, the central government had reduced the GST rate on the cinema hall tickets.