Movies can play an important role in exposing and eliminating the menace of terrorism and radicalism, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Saturday.
Naqvi said this while addressing a ‘Global Film Tourism Conclave’ organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in suburban Mumbai.
The Indian film industry has been playing a key role in eliminating various social evils, the Minority Affairs Minister said adding movies create an atmosphere against various social problems and also towards bringing social reforms.
“Indian films have succeeded in delivering effective messages social, cultural and reformist issues. Films can play an important role in eliminating the menace of terrorism and radicalism,” he said.
The film makers from across the world have their own favourite places in India to shoot films, he added.
“India is geographically, socially and culturally a rich and beautiful country. In India, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to northeast states, beautiful locations attract not only domestic, but also foreign film makers to shoot their movies at these places,” the minister said.
He also stressed that Centre and various state governments encourage film makers from across the country and the world to make film in their regions.
“We should provide information to the entire world about these promotional programmes,” Naqvi said.
India has all the “facilities, possibilities and resources” to become a “film tourism hub”, he added.
He added that organisations such as PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry can play an important role in encouraging these possibilities.
Naqvi said that India is one of the few countries in the world, where the film sector has an industry status.
(With PTI inputs)