Entertainment News | Lots of stories to explore in India, says PM; Invites global filmmakers

New Delhi, May 17 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that India has a lot of stories to explore and called on international filmmakers to benefit from the seamless opportunities to make films in the country.

In a message, he welcomed India’s participation as a “country of honour” in the Film Market which was held alongside the Cannes Film Festival.

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“As India celebrates the 75th anniversary of its independence, the 75th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival as well as 75 years of Indo-French diplomatic relations reinforce the pride and joy associated with these milestones,” Modi said.

He noted that India was the largest film-producing country in the world, with rich heritage and cultural diversity being its strengths.

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“We have a lot of stories to explore. India really has immense potential to become the content hub of the world,” Modi said.

He said the government was unwavering in its efforts to make it easier to do business in the film sector.

“From facilitating international film co-productions to establishing a one-stop clearance mechanism for filming permits across the country, India offers seamless opportunities for filmmakers around the world,” Modi said.

“Our spellbinding locations, our technological prowess in filmmaking and the talent of young men and women provide the perfect backdrop for filmmakers,” he said.

Modi said it was heartening to note that a film by Satyajit Ray has been restored for screening in the classic section of Cannes as India celebrates the centenary of the legendary filmmaker’s birth.

He noted that Indian startups will showcase their assets at the Cannes Film Festival. He said the India pavilion will showcase facets of Indian cinema and foster international partnerships and learnings.

Highlight of India’s participation in this edition of the Cannes Film Festival, the world premiere of “Rocketry”, produced by R Madhavan, should be presented at the Palais des Festivals during the market screening on May 19.

The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, is leading the Indian delegation, made up of personalities from the entertainment sector, to Cannes.

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