Handholding aspiring filmmakers from SC/ST communities to achieve their dreams

Govt to explore possibility of supporting film projects of two men and women directors each from SC/ST communities every year.

A unique effort aimed at supporting aspiring filmmakers from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities is seeing fruition in Kerala. The Kerala Government’s pathbreaking initiative got rolling with the first film under this project getting on to the floors. The film is produced by the Kerala State Development Corporation (KSFDC), which significantly is the first public sector corporation for film development in India. KSFDC was established in 1975.

The Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes K Radhakrishnan performed the switch-on for the film, titled Ariku. The film is directed by mediaperson and filmmaker V S Sanoj.

Filmmakers from SC/ST communities to get support

Terming the project as pioneering effort, Minister Radhakrishnan said the talk on this initiative to support filmmakers from the SC/ST communities should not be limited to the tinsel world alone, but must be the topic of a larger conversation in the society as a whole. Calling for collective efforts to bring the talents from the backward classes to the mainstream by giving them opportunities and handholding, the Minister said the collaboration of the government and the society is vital in fulfilling this responsibility.

“People from backward communities often fail to get sufficient financial support for their progress in various fields. By providing funds for filmmaking, the government is fulfilling its responsibility to support talented youngsters to come up and excel in their chosen field,” he added.

Ariku selected from among 79 entries

Minister for Culture Saji Cheriyan, who attended, said the government will explore the possibility of supporting the film projects of two men and women directors each from SC/ST communities every year. Since financial crunch comes in the way of many talented artistes, the government will come out with new initiatives to help them, he added.

Antony Raju, Minister for Transport, who gave away the advance payment to the crew of Ariku at the event, said the project for SC/ST directors is a role model for the whole country. KSFDC Chairman and renowned filmmaker Shaji N Karun said the launch of the project will be recorded as a moment to reckon with in the cultural history.

Ariku was selected by KSFDC from 79 entries it received as part of the project, which was launched last year. The other film selected under this project, Pirathi, to be helmed by Arun J Mohan, will go on the floors soon.  

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