Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Shri Anurag Thakur has announced a partnership between the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Amazon India in the field of media, entertainment and public awareness.
Speaking at the launch of the partnership Shri Anurag Thakur on Wednesday said that India being an ancient civilization offers millions of stories which are yet to be told.
The gamut of stories transcends time and covers a vast domain from spirituality to software, traditions to trends, folklore to festivals and from rural India to rising India. He added that recently Indian content has experienced success at the international fora, and Indian actors have achieved high popularity among foreign audience.
The Minister delved into the steps taken by the Ministry to create a conducive atmosphere for the entertainment industry in India.
The initiative would help to reduce the period of struggle for the talented artists coming out of prestigious film institutes of India, he added.
The Minister also voiced his concern for quality of content on OTT platforms saying OTT platforms have the responsibility of ensuring that their platforms do not propagate vulgarity and abuse camouflaged as creative expressions. OTT must reflect the collective conscience of the country, he further added.
Guest of Honour for the event, Shri Varun Dhawan spoke about the depths being reached by streaming services and said Indian cinema by way of streaming is now reaching a world stage and streaming services have today given Indian content a reach hitherto unimaginable. Shri Dhawan highlighted that streaming services act as a leveler and said that “new actors and creators, talent that had so far remained on sidelines can now connect with audiences worldwide.”
Speaking about the collaboration, Shri Dhawan said that “the collaboration of such a nature that promotes and supports our industry and talent fills me with hope and helps us all work towards redefining what is meant to be an Indian on the global entertainment stage”.
Secretary, Ministry of I&B Shri Apoorva Chandra said that the partnership between MIB and Amazon would lead to opportunities for the Indian talent at the national and international level.
Vice President, Asia Pacific, Amazon Prime Video, Sh Gaurav Gandhi said that “our wholistic collaboration with Ministry of I&B looks at every life stage and every corner of integration to stimulate the growth of the industry and we are very optimistic of the pathways it will create.”
lso present on the occasion were Shri Chetan Krishnaswamy, Vice President, Public Policy at Amazon India, Shri Vikram Sahay, Joint Secretary, Min. of I&B and other senior officials of the Ministry.