Kolkata:Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has said an award would be instituted in the name of the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, this will be at par with the Dadasaheb Phalke award.
To mark the birth centenary of the renowned filmmaker, the Minister also announced that Satyajit Ray’s prominent films will be taken to the prestigious Cannes Film festival this year and screened.
In an interaction with eminent film personalities, the Minister assured that the copyright laws would support and be beneficial to artists, the music fraternity and others.Mr Javadekar said the Government of India would help and support the development of the Bengal film industry.
On the occasion, the Minister felicitated the Indian Film personality of the year Biswajit Chatterjee. Welcoming the felicitation the veteran filmmaker said there should be an expansion of job opportunities for those associated with the film industry.
He said various film crews should not be forgotten about while the industry works. The award to Biswajit had been announced at the 51st edition of the International Film festival of Goa.The Minister met the film personalities at a glittering function organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) on 22nd February.
Union Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo was also present along with Rajya Sabha Members of Parliament Rupa Ganguly and Swapan Dasgupta.Prominent directors in the interaction included Gautam Ghose, Arindam Sil, Anik Dutta, Srijit Mukherji, Film personalities Mamata Shanker, Rituparna Sengupta, Singer Rashid Khan, Abir Chatterjee among others.
A short video of the film facilitation office of NFDC was also screened on the occasion.(UNI)