NFDC to set up single-window system: Suresh Gopi

A panel will be created in NFDC to prepare the data for the single-window clearance system

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: National Film Development Corporation, as part of the Prime Minister’s Make in India campaign, will set up a single-window clearance system for foreign filmmakers to shoot their films in India. This was announced by NFDC chairman-designate Suresh Gopi.

“The single-window system will not only create a platform for foreign filmmakers to choose locations in India but will also be a source of revenue to the NFDC,” Suresh Gopi said at a press programme held as part of the 'Keralam Ini Engottu’, a political and developmental debate conducted by Trivandrum Press Club on Saturday.

“Access points will be established in all Indian embassies in foreign countries, where foreign filmmakers, including from Hollywood, will be able to access information regarding the available locations in India according to their script and other facilities such as accommodation, security and conveyance. A panel will be created in NFDC to prepare the data for the single-window clearance system,” Suresh Gopi said.

Being a candidate from the southern region, he said that there was the need to promote films made in regional languages, especially in obscure small communities, and bring it to national attention. “All languages should be given equal priority in a democratic country,” Mr Gopi added.

Though he seemed a bit reluctant to speak about Aruvikkara initially, he opened up slightly as the media interaction wore on. He said that O. Rajagopal was the most prominent and eligible candidate for the BJP from Kerala. He also said that he would publicly canvas votes for Rajagopal if the BJP party leadership asked him to do so.

Mr Gopi, who is a known supporter of Vizhinjam project, said that there should not be any further delay in the implementation of the project. He said work should begin this year itself.

( Source : dc correspondent )
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