Documentaries on DD soon

Indian documentary film producers will soon be able to showcase their films in prime time on Doordarshan, following a MOU signed between the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Indian Documentary Producers Association recently.

IDPA president Mike Pandey told media at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2012 in Panaji that such documentary films would be given a half hour time slot every Sunday from January. Lamenting that fact that except for Doordarshan and NDTV, all other television channels ignored the documentary format in their bid to increase revenues, he said India needed a channel dedicated to educational content and documentaries for the benefit of people in the country.

Defining documentaries as educational tools of change, he pointed out that about 67 per cent of the Indian population is without education and information and television remained the most effective tool to reach out to them.

Pandey also reiterated the need to implement the Supreme Court ruling to compel all theatres including multiplexes to show short films and documentaries for at least 10 minutes before screening of feature films.

He also noted that film celebrities are now waking to concerns and challenges facing them. Amitabh Bachchan and John Abraham have even offered to be part of his feature length documentary The Return of the Tiger which focuses on protecting the tiger from becoming extinct and saving the forests, he added.
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