Filmmakers Want Rs 200 Cr For 400 Mini Theatres
The Union Ministry for Information & Broadcasting has allotted Rs 600 crore toward celebrating, commemorating and archiving 100 years of Indian cinema.
Now, 14 independent filmmakers — Onir, Aparna Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Goutam Ghose, Umesh Kulkarni, Sachin Kundalkar, Jahnu Barua, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Subhash Kapoor, Rituparno Ghosh, Vinay Shukla, Nila Madhab Panda, Janaki Vishwanathan and Resul Pookutty — kick-started a campaign to get Rs 200 crores for the construction of 400 mini theatres across the country that can screen non-mainstream independent films which otherwise find themselves at the mercy of big multiplexes.
Onir, who made the National Film Award winning film I AM with crowd funding, says, “Multiplexes would rather screen blockbusters and show their generosity to us independent filmmakers by giving us random morning shows when no one goes to the movies. We need theatres that would cater exclusively to smaller-budgeted independent films.”