The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry is planning on shutting National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) and Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI) and then create an umbrella organisation for all the activities that are related to movies. The motive behind t his is to “restructure and realign resources”.
Set up in 1975, NFDC has coproduced or funded over three hundred films and that includes classic movies such as Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Salaam Bombay and Gandhi. Children’s Film Society was established in 1955 and was based on a plan which was mooted by the ex-Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. In place of these organisations, the ministry needs a “macro body for cinema that will look at promoting Indian cinema, coproducing films, including for children, and will also take up archiving and documentation of Indian films- a mandate of Films Division that has been neglected by now” as quoted by one of the officials.
The I&B minister Smriti Irani has consulted Karan Johar, Sidharth Roy Kapur and many others to come to a final conclusion. The ministry has finally approved of a committee formation for submitting a final plan for an “interdisciplinary macro organisation and determine the functionality of convergence of these bodies”, stated an official.