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BUDGET 2019 : SINGLE WINDOW CLEARANCE FOR FILMMAKERS

By Siddharth Singh . 1st February 2019 08:00pm
BUDGET 2019 : SINGLE WINDOW CLEARANCE FOR FILMMAKERS

Today, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented the Interim Budget for 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha and made two major announcements pertaining to the entertainment industry. Goyal announced that single-window clearance will be introduced by the government for Indian filmmakers to ensure smooth shooting of films.

The Minister 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,". 

Piracy is another issue that film industries battle with on a constant basis. Goyal said that to curb piracy, anti-camcording provisions will be included in the existing Cinematography Act.

Praising the move, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, wrote on his Twitter account, “Thanks a lot @narendramodi @arunjaitley and @PiyushGoyal for ‘single window clearance’ for the film Industry. No other government took such interest in film industry.”

Director-producer Madhur Bhandarkar, too, welcomed the decision. He wrote on Twitter, 

“Welcome move by @narendramodi Government for initiating Anti-Camcording provision in the Cinematography Act to fight Piracy and Single window clearance for Film Shootings. This will help the Film Industry in a Big Way. #Budget2019”


Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur is delighted that Indian cinema’s contribution towards employment has been acknowledged and applauded by the government. Speaking about Goyal’s decisions, he said in a statement,

“We are delighted that the immense contribution of Indian cinema towards employment generation in the country has been acknowledged and applauded in Parliament during the presentation of the Union Budget. 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,”. 

 We are more than excited about this, are you? Write to us in the comments section below.

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