Here’s good news for Hindi films and the TV industry. As a part the `Ease of doing business’ initiative, the state government has decided to create `one-window-clearance system’ for online permission in 15 working days to shoot a movie, TV serial, advertisement or a documentary .The proposal will be tabled before the state cabinet for a final nod in a week or two. Currently, it takes at least 30 permissions from various agencies like police, fire brigade, BMC before one can start shooting a film or serial. A decision had been taken in 2015 but was still to be implemented. Now, the tourism department has proposed that the initiative be implemented as a pilot project in Mumbai and later across the state. The proposal stated that the scheme would be applicable for shooting permission only at stateowned properties and places like Film City , SGNP , Metro rail, Elphinstone College or Sir JJ College of Art.

Filmmaker Boney Kapoor had addressed the issue and spoken to the authorities that the need is to create a single window clearance system across India to get shooting permissions while Mukesh Bhatt, who has filmed widely in international destinations, said shooting in Indian locations is tiresome. A report released jointly by the PHD Chamber and its knowledge partner BnB Nation also said the Indian film industry is in for a 11.5 per cent year-on-year growth and its revenue realization is likely to touch $3.7 billion by 2020. The industry is likely to reach the figure against its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 10 per cent in the last couple of years, read a statement. According to the report, the film industry faces multiple challenges on regulatory fronts such as about 70 approvals and licenses from as many as 30 authorities for shooting films in India. The report also indicates that the growth of the industry could be higher if its regulations are minimized. Due to hurdles in obtaining licenses, India has lost at least 18 big budget movies to other locations in the last four years, the report said. Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was the chief guest at an event, which was also attended by Maharashtra’s Tourism Minister Jayakumar Jitendrasinh Rawal, apart from film industry veterans like Kapoor and Bhatt. While narrating their experiences of film shootings in India, most producers demanded a curb on the lengthy process of approvals and permissions to shoot. The effort of the conclave was to draw the attention of the filmmakers to promote film tourism. Elaborating on regulations, the report indicates that central clearances for shooting of foreign feature films in India require the prior approval of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), whereas in the case of a documentary, approval of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is required. The script of the film has to be approved by the MIB, which is a time-consuming process. The ministry may also depute a liaison officer to facilitate the shooting; and for location-specific permissions, filmmakers require approvals from authorities at specifi c locations prior to shooting.

The report recommends introduction of soft loans, providing filmmakers a short-term loan without charging interest to meet their short-term needs. This would encourage producers to shoot in that particular location, and would catalyze the growth of the industry. Trade Magazine