Industry heavyweights such as Kamal Haasan, Suresh Babu, C Kalyan, B. Shashi Kumar, Ameer and Barrie Osborne were all in attendance.
Dr. Arabind Prasad, Director General, FICCI chaired the inauguration of the event that celebrates and honors 100 years of Indian Cinema.
Dr. Kamal Haasan, Chairman of the Media and Entertainment Business Conclave, FICCI gave the welcome address. Tracing the roots of the FICCI movement, Mr. Haasan acknowledged the tireless work being done FICCI’s entertainment division to bring in policy changes in various segments of the Media and Entertainment industry.
The FICCI was founded in 1927 by Mahatma Gandhi as a non-profit initiative to boost Indian Industries during the freedom struggle.
Mr Haasan highlighted the various achievements of the division including accordance of “industry status” to the film industry, submitting of the TRP report to review and recommending a robust system of measurement of TRP. A product of the South Indian film industry, the actor proudly affirmed the South as “The residence of National Cinema!” and looked ahead to the future of digital cinema.
Following his address, Mr. C Kalyan, President of the South Indian Film Producers’ Association spoke about the burning problems of service tax and copyright issues facing the industry.
Sandeep Vishwas then released the FICCI-Deloitte Knowledge Report.
Oscar-winning Director and Producer Barrie Osborne gave the keynote address for the occasion. Impressed with the state of Indian Cinema, Mr. Osborne spoke of his desire to work with Mr. Kamal Haasan in the near future and predicted FICCI to serve as a “guiding light” to Indian Cinema for the next 100 years.
P. Murari, Advisor to President, FICCI gave the vote of thanks. He outlined the challenges facing the Industry in the form of finances and corporate matters, but assured that the industry is on the cusp of technological improvement and greatness.
Quoting Robert Frost, Mr. Murari concluded the opening session by saying that the industry should “take the road less travelled by” and that it had “miles to go before it sleeps”.
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