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'New direction and dimension' to Indian film industry: Dasmunsi

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Panaji,Nov 23 (UNI) Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi today assured that the Union Budget 2007 would include provisions for a 'new direction and dimension' to the Indian film industry.

In his address at the inauguration of the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the minister said the five core groups set up by him regarding festivals, taxation, duties, piracy and creative output/contribution will submit their recommendations in January 2007.

''Based on these reports, the union budget in February would contain important incentives and policies to give a new direction and dimension to the film industry, which has contributed a lot to the national exchequer in terms of revenue,''he said.

Mr Dasmunsi also assured that the National Film Development Council (NFDC) would be supported by the Government like never before. ''NFDC would be encouraged to help independent young filmmakers in their creativity,''he said.

The inauguration ceremony, which started about 45 minutes late, was preceded by a airshow by three aircraft of the Sagar Pawan squadron. the Chief Guest, veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor and actors Anil Kapoor, Prosenjit Chaterjee and Venkatesh who were the guests of honour fulsomely praised the greatness of Goa as a venue and the hospitality of the people.

Actress Vidya Balan, dressed a simple white saree, assisted the dignitaries in lighting the ceremonial inaugural lamp.

Goa Governor S C Jamir and Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane welcomed the delegates and the invitees.

The stage resembled a typical Goan ambience of a village with cococut trees. A one hour entertainment extravanganza, featuring Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Esha Deol, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sachin Pilgaonkar and Prabhudeva among others followed enthralling moviebuffs.

UNI MR NAZ VD BST2030

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