TS film awards by Ugadi: Talasani

Hyderabad: The Telangana Government will give film awards by next Ugadi festival, Cinematography Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav has said.

The minister held a review meeting with officials, including Advisor to Government K V Ramanachary, Information Commissioner Navin Mittal, JMD Kishore Babu, ED Rajeshwar Rao and discussed on the awards to be given to the films and artistes and plan to promote the film industry.

Talking to media persons at the Secretariat later, Talasani said the State government was committed to encourage the film industry. A sub-committee headed by Ramanachary had already held two meetings on the key issue of resolving issues of the film industry and giving awards on annual basis. Film awards, single window clearance, online ticketing, mini culture centers, small films, fifth show, facilities at Chitrapuri Colony and so on were discussed in the meeting, he said, adding that the key issues will be taken up with the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to take a final call on naming the awards, resolving the issues and taking necessary steps for development of the film industry.

The Chief Minister, who was planning to transform Hyderabad into a cinema hub and to set up a film training institute on the lines of Pune Film Institute will announce related decisions in January, Chalasani said. He also instructed the officials to allot land for the film institute after making a field survey and give a report to the government. Since there are problems in online ticketing, the Film Development Council will continue to monitor the tickets, he said, adding that the State government has a plan to offer subsidy to message-oriented, children-oriented films, etc. The State government will discuss the issues with film bigwigs and noted film personalities to take a call on the key issues, the minister said. –NSS

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