Bhubaneswar: Today, a roundtable meeting was held between Industries Department, Odisha government and the media & entertainment industry stakeholders from state and other parts of India.
The meeting was focused on the assistance to be provided by the Odisha State Film Policy 2019 to enhance the opportunities for the film sector in Odisha. The roundtable was organized by FICCI.
The roundtable saw participants, which included Sanjay Suri, Bollywood film personality, Himanshu Dhanuka, Eskay Movie, Kolkata, Sabu Cherian, South film producer, Rahul Rao, Business Head, Zee, Sidhant Mohapatra, Ollywood actor, Manmohan Mohapatra, Producer-Director, Akshay Parija, Producer-Director, Deepak Samantray, Producer-Director, Jugal Debata, Producer-Director, representatives from Cine Chambers, Film Producers Association among others.
Key speakers at the roundtable included Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Government of Odisha, Dr. Nitin Jawale, MD, IPICOL, Monica Nayyar Patnaik, co-chairperson of FICCI Odisha State Council and Satyabrata Tripathy, Chairman Odisha Film Development Corporation (OFDC). They shared information and knowledge about the Odisha State Film Policy 2019 through open house discussion and presentations.
Addressing the audiences, Sanjeev Chopra, Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Government of Odisha, said, “Odisha Film Policy 2019 is the most comprehensive and attractive policy by any state in India. Film making can be one of the key drivers of the economy as it has tremendous multiplier effect. Our film policy has four prime objectives – promote film tourism, produce good Odia films, promote Odisha as a destination for film shooting and to improve screen density.
Monica Nayyar Patnaik, co-chairperson of FICCI Odisha State Council said, “It is just a beginning for us at FICCI where we want the industry’s voice for policy change, for the film policy to have taken a cabinet approval. Let’s hope this gets great prominence for the state where filmmakers will benefit.”
A detailed presentation on the provisions of the Film Policy was made by Dr Nitin Jawale, Special Secretary, Industries Department and MD, OFDC.
Satyabrata Tripathy, Chairman Odisha Film Development Corporation (OFDC) said: “We are the first state in India to declare film sector as an industry. We will work together to enhance the development of Odisha film industry. We thank the Government of Odisha for bringing out Odisha State Film Policy 2019 in such a short time”.
Sanjay Suri, Bollywood actor and producer congratulated the Government of Odisha for creating a film policy for the beautiful state. He said that the film policy will help establish Odisha in India and at the global level, as a preferred film shooting destination.
There was an interesting open house discussion on the policy framework and operational guidelines for film promotion and investment opportunities in Odisha, conducive ecosystem; infrastructure & marketing support; single window for investor facilitation; promotion and development of film city and development of Kalinga Studio with world-class infrastructure and use of films to showcase the rich Odia culture and heritage.