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Go clean on screen, get govt moolah

Filmmakers and producers coming up with fresh and clean ideas in Bhojpuri will get financial assistance from the state government.

The state art, culture and youth affairs department is planning to provide financial help to filmmakers who will make decent Bhojpuri films with family values and social messages.

Art, culture and youth affairs minister Vinay Bihari said the move aims at improving the quality and standard of Bhojpuri films.

“The idea is to bring about a change in the nature of Bhojpuri films. Most of the Bhojpuri films are full of double- meaning dialogues, vulgar scenes and obscene item numbers. The titles of the films are often strange. This is not Bhojpuri culture and the recent films create a bad image about the Bihar film industry. It is very important to change this,” Bihari told The Telegraph.

He added that the department was planning a programme to encourage filmmakers to make better films in Bhojpuri.

“The final plan for the same will be announced soon. The department wants to provide some financial assistance to directors or producers who will come up with scripts with a good story and deliver a social message. According to the plan, sources in the department will read and judge the film scripts and then work with the producers and directors to partially fund for the making and marketing of the movies,” Bihari said.

On May 27, a district court had granted bail to Bihari in a case related to the composition of “obscene” songs for a music album over a de- cade ago.

The minister, who is into song composition and filmmaking, is the MLA from Lauriya in West Champaran district. Recently, he had created a controversy when he made a statement that cellphones and non-vegetarian food instigate rapes.

Bihari had made a Bhojpuri film, Pyaar Mohabbat Zindabad. “We have decided to come up with a full-fledged film studio at Rajgir. Once the project is completed, Bhojpuri films can be made here instead of places like Mumbai. The film studio will have facilities on the lines of a film city,” he said.

According to estimates, 80 to 120 Bhojpuri films are made every year. Sources in the department said: “Talks are on to create a board consisting of artistes and film experts who would judge the scripts, talk to the cast and crew and then decide if they should be given the funds. This board will also decide the percentage of financial aid to the films and the final nature of other perks that will be provided.”