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Unskilled entrants is a general trend in the Indian film industry: experts

The Indian film industry observed that there is a need to invest in skilling linked to cinema by way of creation of centres of excellence, for every discipline in the area of filmmaking, just as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting admitted that the government has failed to look at skilling as it should have done.

The additional secretary of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Atul Kumar Tiwari participating in the Knowledge Series at the Film Bazaar being held in the city, on the sidelines of the ongoing International Film Festival of India 2019, informed that the central government has been provided with land in the Film City, Mumbai to set up a Centre of


“We are also going to have a policy on AVGC (animation, visual effects, gaming and comics) sector, which will come up very soon,” he informed, pointing out that this is an emerging area in the country, which needs to be


Participating in the panel discussion on the theme, ‘Script to Screen: Empowering Youth through Skill Development’, producer and president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, Siddharth Roy Kapur stated that there is a huge requirement of new entrants – who are skilled in some form – to the film industry and media in general.

“I have to admit that very often we are guilty of throwing people at the deep end and hoping that they can swim because the industry does not have that many training modules,” he said, adding that presently new entrants find their way in the film industry by trial and error, and then there are some diamonds in the rough, who just make it right to the top, which happens more by default than by design.

Speaking further, Kapur informed that there are many disciplines in filmmaking which need some level of skill right from the outset, such as cinematography, production design, art direction, script writing, and so on. “However, today the entry level people just come in and learn on the job,” he added, maintaining that animation must be the one area where some level of specific skill is necessary, for new entrants.

The chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Prasoon Joshi said that we sometimes treat creativity as something too special. “If we are talking about skill here, then we need to go deeper into the psyche of our country, where dreams form a special part, and therefore, the skill development needs to have a dream element in it,” Joshi, also a scriptwriter and lyricist added.

The deliberation also stressed that we should start celebrating the film technicians of this country or the technical work associated with filmmaking becomes a menial job.

Sunit Tandon, who moderated the session pointed out that approximately 40 lakh people are directly and indirectly employed in the Indian media and entertainment industry, `4,35,000 crore being the total economy of this industry.

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