IMPPA Vice Chairman Atul P Patel and Anurag Thakur Discuss Potential of Regional Cinema

Atul P. Patel discussed the potential and challenges faced by regional cinema with Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur


Mumbai : Atul P Patel, Vice Chairman of Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association  (IMPPA),  engaged in a pivotal discussion with Anurag Thakur, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, during the recently concluded 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. Their conversation centered on the significant potential and challenges faced by regional cinema, aiming to chart a path for its broader recognition and support.

The International Film Festival of India (IFFI), established in 1952, is one of Asia’s most successful film festivals, acknowledged as the fourth biggest internationally, and has attracted luminaries and celebrities, highlighting its significance in the cinematic sphere. Notably, the festival’s primary goal is to broaden the accessibility of Indian films, a desire emphasised by a spectacular threefold rise in overseas submissions this year.

During the festival’s inauguration, Atul P. Patel seized the opportunity to discuss the multifaceted landscape of Indian cinema with Anurag Thakur. Patel highlighted the diverse array of films crafted in 14 languages across India, emphasizing the pressing need for governmental support. He underscored the challenges faced by producers in navigating the complexities of the international stage, advocating for concerted efforts to bolster regional films with governmental backing.

Responding to Patel’s advocacy, Anurag Thakur expressed alignment with the proposal, affirming the government’s readiness to assist regional cinema of exceptional quality. Thakur went on to highlight the government’s active involvement at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, extending a promising avenue for showcasing regional films on an international platform.

Atul P. Patel’s proactive engagement and advocacy for regional cinema are poised to pave a transformative path, potentially reshaping the future trajectory of these films on both national and global stages.