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Actors urge government to aid film institutes

The film fraternity have urged the Central and Maharashtra governments to provide an impetus to film-related education.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the state government will try to understand the concerns of the actors and artists, and bring together various other stakeholders in the film industry keeping in mind the interests of students from smaller towns and cities.

Actor Zeeshan Ayyub, an alumnus of National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi and worked in films like “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” and “Raanjhanaa”, said the government has already has existing policies to help people from arts and culture, but it does not really help due to various reasons.

“What the government can do is it can actually start providing financial aid like homes at government rate, the instruments required for performing arts at cheaper rates to help people survive in the industry,” said.

The 31-year-old actor said that with government’s aid, people will feel confident of thinking to take up arts and acting as a profession.

He also said rather than conferring awards, the Cultural Ministry can put benchmarks and chose three-four people every year and offer them aids, this way new talent can be lured and retained in the profession.

Actor Anil Mange, who has worked in films like “Singh is Bling” and will be next seen in Shah Rukh Khan’s “Raees”, has also urged the government to facilitate more training institutes in fine arts amidst FTII controversy.

Students at the prestigious Pune-based FTII have boycotted their classes for over four months protesting the appointment of TV actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman.

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