Halls and Multiplexes must show at least one Bengali film,orders state government

KOLKATA: Cinema halls and multiplexes in West Bengal will now have to mandatorily screen one Bengali film during prime time, for a minimum of 120 days a year state government notification said. Prime-time shows are those held between 12 noon to 9 pm.

A notification signed by the principal secretary of the state information and cultural affairs department, Vivek Kumar, was issued in this regard on Saturday evening. Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government has made it mandatory and notification, issued by order of Governor K N Tripathi, said, “In every cinema hall and in at least one screen of every multiplex situated in the state, 120 prime time show/screenings of Bengali films shall mandatorily be held throughout the year… with at least one show per day for minimum of 120 days in aggregate during the year.”

Welcoming the decision, film director Aniket Chattopadhyay thanked Mamata Banerjee for the initiative. “It is great news. Many thanks to the chief minister,” Chattopadhyay said.

Amendments to the West Bengal Cinema (Regulation of Public Exhibitions) Rules, 1956 will be made in due course.

This article was first published on http://www.manuinfo.com.

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