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Wearing several hats: PM Modi to take ‘plunge’ in filmmaking

Now, after two months, Modi has once again decided to flaunt his skills by ‘personally monitoring’ the making of a High Definition film on ‘Look East and Act East’.

Modi reportedly  felt that only dialogue to strengthen policies in terms of India’s development is not going to yield effective results and there is a need to make a movie to highlight various areas where global investors and government agencies of ASEAN will find interest.

One of the areas, which will be highlighted in the movie, is the Free Trade Agreement with Sri Lanka and Thailand.

A comprehensive economic cooperation agreement with Singapore and exchange of cultural relations and appreciating local cuisines of ASEAN, which comprises 10 countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will also find mention.

It was learnt that the government is going to rope in a reputed film-maker, who will coordinate with the Public Diplomacy department of Ministry of External Affairs to execute the task. Though, the film producer will share his ideas on how the movie will look like, sources said, Modi personally wants to work in close coordination with the producer to make it a flawless documentary to highlight India’s presence and prominence among ASEAN leaders.

“Primarily it will be meant for foreign audience and content based on vernacular language will have English subtitles. There will be three versions of the movie, including 30 minutes to 40 minutes of full version, 8-10 minutes of shorter version and two minutes of promo version,” government sources said.

“There are plans to induct the Prime Minister’s voice in the movie. He will personally go through the raw footage to help in shot selection. Despite his daily busy schedule, he will be completely involved in the project. This would be for the first time that a Prime Minister in India will be a part of
such a project to portray a strong image of India abroad,” he added.

Recently, Modi while addressing the East Asia Summit in the Myanmarese capital Nay Pyi Taw, informed world leaders that his government accorded high priority to turn India’s erstwhile ‘Look East’ policy into an ‘Act East’ policy.

“Since entering office six months ago, my government has moved with a great sense of priority and speed to turn our ‘Look East Policy’ into ‘Act East Policy’. The East Asia Summit is an important pillar of this policy,” he had said.

Look East was introduced in the early 1990s when the Congress party’s PV Narasimha Rao was Prime Minister. It was endorsed by former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.

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