Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said films and society are reflections of each other and like cinema, India too is changing with times. The prime minister was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai. "The country is changing and finding its own solutions. If there are a million problems, there are also a billion solutions," the prime minister was quoted as saying.
"Films have an important role in India's soft power," Modi said while narrating how he was struck by the popularity of Indian films overseas when he met and interacted with the leaders of foreign countries. He assured the film industry that effective steps are being taken to curb piracy and "camcording".
Celebrating cinema. Inaugurating National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai. https://t.co/NiXR2vwWfmâ€” Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 19, 2019
"In order to curb piracy, the government is taking steps to make amendments in the Cinematograph Act 1952," PM Modi said, adding that a single-window system for obtaining permissions for film shoots and related matters are on the anvil.
"How's the josh?" the prime minister asked at the inauguration of National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai.
Like the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, there could be a global film summit in India, the prime minister suggested. "Films also play a big role in the growth of the tourism sector, which gives employment to even the poorest people, even 'chaiwala' makes money when tourism grows," he said.