Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said in Patna on Friday that women should be portrayed in a better manner in Bhojpuri films. "They should not be projected as an object of fun. Rural life has a number of aspects which may be highlighted through Bhojpuri films," he said.
He was addressing a gathering at the inaugural session of the second Patna Film Festival at the Mona cinema hall in Patna on Friday. It was organised by the Public Relations Department and the National Film Archives.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, "Hindi films have contributed a lot in popularising the Hindi language in non-Hindi speaking regions. It reflects history, culture and other aspects of a country and is quite important for human development."
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the government was considering creating a new film promotion policy. "Filmmakers who shoot maximum part of their films in Bihar will be provided some fund and the film will be declared tax-free," he said.
He also said the number of cinema halls in Bihar was very few with hardly six to seven in the state capital. "Under the new film policy more cinema halls have been proposed and even incentives would be given to improve old cinema halls and reopen the closed ones," he said.
Filmmaker Prakash Jha said that instead of Bhojpuri, Maithili or Magahi, a Bihari film industry should be developed in Bihar. PRD Minister Arjun Rai opined that the festival was not only for entertainment but for creating a film culture in Patna.
Others present on the occasion include SK Sinha, Devendra Singh, Girish Ranjan, NN Pandey, Binod Anupam and Javed Akhtar. Bollywood guests like Sanjay Jha, CP Dwivedi and others could not attend the session because of delayed flights.