Ministers Javadekar, Naqvi talk cinema, media at Int’l Coronavirus Short Film Fest for 108 countries

New Delhi: Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said while addressing the International Coronavirus Short Film Festival at NDMC Convention Centre in New Delhi yesterday, 15th December, that the government, society, cinema, and media in India have played a commendable role with courage, commitment, and caution during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a press communication from the Ministry of Minority Affairs. Short films conveying awareness and strong message played an important role during the crisis, said Minister Naqvi, adding that short films played a crucial role in making the people aware of challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs stated that Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar, renowned film personalities, diplomats from various countries, journalists, intellectuals, and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. More than 2,800 films from 108 countries are participating in the International Coronavirus Short Film Festival. These short films are based on cures, safety measures, and lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minority Affairs Minister Naqvi said that due to the Corona pandemic, the shooting of films had largely been postponed for a long time. During this crisis, short films not only entertained the people but also made the people aware of the challenges of Covid-19, said the Minister, adding that different channels, including news channels, entertainment channels, sports, and business channels all played a praiseworthy role regarding spreading awareness among the people regarding the pandemic.

According to the press note, Minister Naqvi said that history is witness to the fact that whenever there is a crisis in the country, the government, society, cinema, and media all have together performed their respective responsibilities with complete honesty in national interest and human welfare. He remarked that the entire world is facing a crisis in the form of the Covid pandemic after centuries, observing that many generations have not seen such a challenge. Still, no stone has been left unturned to play the role of a mature society, government, cinema, and media and especially in India, all these four sections became a part of solution to the problem, the Minister said.

The Minority Affairs Minister said that there have been positive revolutionary changes in work culture, character, and commitment of the administration, society, cinema and media during the past 10 months. Reforms don’t take place due to only regulation, they take place due to resolution, he said, adding that, today, in the Covid pandemic, every section has been witnessing drastic change in the work culture and lifestyle.

The Minister stated that Indian society is crazy for good, entertaining films, full of effective message to the society, especially on the big screen. Films and media have not only become an indispensable part of our lives, but have the strength to influence society, he observed, adding that this has been proved by short films during the Coronavirus crisis.

Speaking at the Festival, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, said that the idea of organising a film festival to celebrate short films made on coronavirus was wonderful. I&B Minister Javadekar said that the Festival witnessing participation of 2,800 films from 108 countries on a single topic is an example of peoples’ immense talent. The Minister congratulated the organisers of the festival.

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