Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani felicitated the national film award winning Gujarati film makers and artists at a function here today in presence of Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that his government is open to promote and assist Gujarati feature films and the film industry, expressing his resolve to take the Gujarati films to greater heights to attain global prestige along with other language films. He said the state government has prepared a policy to provide incentive to increase the popularity and viewership of Gujarati films.
He wished the Gujarati film industry encourages and assimilates fresh ideas, new technology and new faces for better results. He exhorted the Gujarati film artists to break grounds in the films made in other languages as well.
Mr. Rupani handed over a cheque of Rs.1-crore as part of the government’s incentive scheme to the film unit of ‘Wrong Side Raju’ adjudged as the best Gujarati film in the recent national film award ceremony.
He felicitated veteran Gujarati film actor Manoj Joshi for winning the national best supporting actor for Marathi film ‘Dashkriya’, and to Gujarati film actor Hitu Kanodia on being awarded as best actor by Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation.
Reciprocating the felicitation, Mr. Manoj Joshi said that the honour bestowed by his home state on him is more unique and singular.
The Wrong Side Raju film producer Abhishek Jain said that today’s felicitation prompts him to take the Gujarati films for Oscar nominations.
Hitu Kanodia said the state-level felicitations should encourage young artists to work harder for winning laurels.
Prominent among those present at the function included Tourism Minister Ganpatsinh Vsava, Minister of State for Cultural Affairs Rajendrabhai Trivedi, Chief Minister’s Chief Principal Secretary Kailashnathan, Secretary Ashwini Kumar and Entertainment Tax Commissioner Dhiraj Kakadia, besides film industry artists.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat