PATNA: Minister of art, culture and youth affairs Shiv Chandra Ram on Friday said the state government was committed to giving a fillip to film industry in the state. “Over 20 acres of land have been acquired at Rajgir for establishment of a film city,” the minister said while inaugurating the eight-day Patna Film Festival here on Friday.
“Filmmakers from Bihar face a lot of difficulties in obtaining censorship certificate from either Mumbai or Delhi. Keeping this in mind, we have urged the Centre to open a branch office of the Censor Board in the state. The government is also in talks with municipal bodies for development of cinema halls near bus stands across the state. Passengers who spend hours at the bus stands can enjoy watching movies if the proposal materialises,” he added.
The minister also invited filmmakers to shoot films in the state. “Half Girlfriend movie is being shot in Bihar. It is a good sign. The Bihar State Film Development and Finance Corporation will assist production houses interested in shooting films in the state,” he said.
Noted filmmaker Imtiaz Ali exhorted budding artists and storywriters from the state to make their mark at national level. “Use social networking sites to share your stories and videos. Instant response from viewers will encourage you to do better,” Ali told the budding artists. He said small time actors and directors should participate in local theatres to get an exposure. “A filmmaker should not look for shortcuts and work honestly to achieve their goals,” he added.
Tanu Rai, deputy director of Directorate of Film Festivals, said the eighth Patna Film Festival is offering a very good package of short films and documentaries. He said the government is also planning to organise a patriotic film festival in the city soon.
Development commissioner Shishir Sinha said the government was making all efforts to make Bihar a hub of Bhojpuri films. “It is unfortunate that Bhojpuri films are being shot in states like Gujarat and Maharastra. The government has taken several steps to make the state a vibrant destination for filmmaking,” he added.