INDIA’S film commission is the “black hole” of failure, a film critic has said, describing it as “the most dysfunctional organisation in the country” and “universally despised”.
The Indian Film Corporation of India (IFC) was set up by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1977 to “promote, protect and promote the art of film” and is run by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), which oversees production and distribution.
The IFC is “more than a film body”, said the film critic and former editor of The Hindu newspaper Vinod Chavan, whose book ‘The Indian Cinema’ will be released next month.
“The Indian film industry is a black hole of success.
If you want to improve the industry, you need to make it profitable.
It’s not only a business; it’s a religion.
Even the film industry should have the capacity to be profitable,” Chavan told NDTV.
Chavan, who left the Indian government in 2013 and now runs the Delhi-based non-profit organisation Indias Film Centre, said that the IFC “is not very progressive” and that it has a “history of failure” and has been unable to “provide the resources needed for the country to become a modern cinema hub”.
“It’s not just the movies, it’s also the films that are produced, distributed and the films made,” he said.
Despite being the countrys top film-making body, “the IFC has been very inefficient in its function”, said Chavan.
I have to tell you, the IFCC is not very democratic.
They are corrupt, the people that work for them are corrupt.
They have no accountability.
But, I also feel that, given the situation, the IFC should be abolished,” Chavans contention was echoed by the film director of film-maker Prakash Rana, who told NDtv: “If the film was made by someone like [K. R. Ramachandran], we could see this organisation in action.
If it was made in a democratic fashion, it would have more credibility.
“The film critic, who is also a professor of English at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, said there was a “sense of disenchantment” among the Indian film-makers and the industry in general, which was reflected in a recent survey of the IFAI.”
A large part of the respondents to the survey were disillusioned by the IFEI’s inability to provide quality films.
They felt that the IFI has been too beholden to the ministry for funding,” Chavaan said.
Chavan said that while the IFF had been able to make “good films” before independence, it was now “unable to produce any good films”.
Chavans book, The Indian Cinema, will be published in November by Random House India.
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