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[Indian Filmmaking] Crowd funding, co-production can reduce financial risk in filmmaking: Manoj Srivastava

by R N Bhaskar.

Manoj Srivastava is an actor, film director and film historian. Trained at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), he produced a documentary Hum Panchi Ek Dal ke, which was screened in 26 international film festivals, including Cannes. He was the CEO of the Entertainment Society of Goa and promoted Goa as a film destination. He also initiated the short films movement in India. R N Bhaskar spoke to him at the Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai. Edited excerpts of the interview:

The cinema industry is large in India.  How large is it actually?
It depends on how you look at it. It is at least $5 billion in size. But if you look closely, it could be three to five times this figure. And there are several reasons for this. The television industry also includes short films. The music industry has most of its music coming from the film industry.

The events industry comprises many events around the cinema industry and its starts. Much of these incomes actually belong to the cinema industry. That is why, the industry could be at least $15 billion, but could be a lot bigger than that. And it is growing at 18% compounded year on year.

Read the rest of this interview from DNA India.

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