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Regional cinema needs to be encouraged: Shah Rukh

The government had earlier issued a directive making it mandatory for multiplexes in the state to screen Marathi movies during prime time slots of 6-9 PM.

But the norms were relaxed following a meeting between Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde and representatives of multiplexes and Marathi film producers. 

“First of all I think every regional cinema should not only be supported but also encouraged. I have been living in Maharashtra for 25 years now and I am very anti anyone who talks pro or anti region. So, I am not going there,” the 49-year-old actor said during a press conference here.

“But I think cinema of regions needs to be encouraged- be it Punjabi cinema, Bengali cinema- because all these form Indian cinema its not just Bollywood. And with this new diktat of 12 noon to 9PM I think it is a wonderful timing,” he added. The Chennai Express star, however, did not support the government’s previous move to make Marathi cinema a compulsion in multiplexes and said that people should be given freedom of choice.

‘My children have no plans to enter Bollywood right now’
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan says his children are currently busy with their studies and are too young to decide on joining Bollywood.

The 49-year-old actor, who has three children - Aryan, Suhana and AbRam - with wife Gauri, said like any concerned parent he wants his kids to finish their studies first.

“My children are too young to decide on becoming actors. They have to study, finish their studies first. I am very clear about it and they are very clear about it,” Shah Rukh said.

The Happy New Year star said, “An actor’s son or daughter need not be actor. I have left it to them. The first part of my job is to educate them so that they can make the right decision of what they want.

“At this point of time there is no talk of AbRam, Aryan or Suhana to become actors... They have to study first,” said the actor, who was in the capital.
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