KARACHI: Chairman, Pakistan Peoples Party,Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has assured to protect and promote the film industry in the country.
PPP Chief presided over an important meeting with the film fraternity here at the Bilawal House on Wednesday, which was attended by Syed Owais Muzafar, Chief of Staff to PPP Chairman Hashaam Riaz Sheikh, Chairman Film Censor Board Fakhr-e- Alam and MPA Hasnain Mirza.
The film fraternity was represented by actors, producers, exhibitors including Humayun Saeed, Javed Sheikh, Nadeem Mandviwalla, Rashid Khawaja, Amyn Tahir, Bilal Ashraf, Feeza Ali Mirza, Zeba Bakhtiar, Mazhar Zaidi and others, said a statement issued by the Bilawal House.
A detailed presentation was made on behalf of the film fraternity by Azaan Sami Khan highlighting the concerns and requirements of the film industry.
The industry representatives appreciated and thanked the Chairman PPP for the decision taken during the last PPP federal government for allowing Bollywood films in Pakistan and giving industry the confidence.
They said it were the positive policy changes by PPP that resulted in the current boom in Pakistani film industry.
Chairman, Films Censor Board, Fakhr-e-Alam presented the new draft of the New Motion Picture Act 2014 to Chairman PPP in the presence of the film fraternity.
The draft New Motion Picture Act covers all concerned issues of the film industry and has a detailed road map of the future to encompass new cineplexes, studios and other facilities to be built in public private partnerships. The draft New Motion Picture Act was developed after detailed discussions with all stake holders of the film fraternity.
Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari shared his love for films, arts and culture and reaffirmed his belief in Pakistani talent.
The Chairman took note of the potential job creation through film production which currently averages at 400 skilled workers per film and took note of capital flight of business overseas due to lack of facilities.
He said the party will continue to support the film industry through all means possible including Sindh Festival and Sindh International Film Festival, building of new facilities and policy reform.
He instructed Chairman Film Censor Board, Fakhr-e-Alam to ensure that all follow ups are done in a timely manner and all plans implemented.
Bilawal assured the New Motion Picture Act 2014, as proposed by the film fraternity, will be presented with full consensus and all necessary protection and promotion of the industry will be done.
Chairman PPP said that he has been pursuing for the reforms in all sectors for betterment and improvement.
He also emphasised on ensuring budget cinemas for rural areas and lower income audiences.