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Prasar Bharati to telecast independent films

tamseel hussain
New Delhi, India

Apr 16, 2013 — Awhile ago, a group of film-makers jointly filed a petition, called Save Indie Cinema to the government urging it to address the threat to independent cinema in India. In response to the petition, Prasar Bharati, a statutory body comprising Doordarshan Television Network and All India Radio, has announced that it will telecast independent films on Doordarshan. Film-maker Onir confirmed, "It's a big step for all of us. With this announcement all National Award winning films, feature and documentary, plus films that go to international film festivals immediately qualify to be aired on the channel. And even the money that is being offered right now is better now." Now films that have already been telecast on TV will get ` 15 lakh and the ones that premiere with Doordarshan will be paid ` 25 lakh.

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