Punjabi movies to run everyday in multiplexes : CM Prakash Singh Badal
To boost the Punjabi cinema, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, decided to make one show of Punjabi film mandatory at multiplexes across Punjab and Chandigarh, following a meeting with Punjab Arts Council chairperson Satinder Satti.
A notification in this regard, said Satti, will hopefully be issued by the state government before the year ends.
It was in July this year that entertainment tax on Punjabi movies was withdrawn.
According to Satti, the small producers, who were affected the most by big budget films, especially Hindi, grabbing all shows, will now get some relief. “Small producers take loans and make movies to pursue their passion. With distributors not giving them screens, it was killing the regional small producer and he/she was not coming back to make more films,” stated Satti.
Echoing the same, actor Gurpreet Ghuggi said, “The industry lacks growth, quality and quantity. Moreover, multiplexes are an expensive proposition. One has to see how much relaxation and show timings the films will get. Our priority should be a culture policy and growth of Punjabi cinema.”