Monday, August 17, 2009

DD should show more films with social messages: Soni

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni is in favour of Doordarshan telecasting feature films that send out a social message while being entertaining. Soni said exemption of entertainment duty for feature films was a state subject and, therefore, she could only express her personal views and not take a decision on the matter. Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jain also expressed the view that parents should have greater involvement in understanding the aspirations of their children and moulding their future.

They were speaking to after a special show of the film ‘Chal Chalein’ by Ujjwal Singh based on child rights which was commercially released on 7 August. Those present on the occasion included former member of Parliament Pappu Yadav, child counselor Sudha Gupta, director Ujjwal Singh and the writer Vijaya Ramchandrula. The film stars Mithun Chakravarty, Jaya Bhattacharya, Rati Agnihotri, Anoop Soni, Shilpa Shukla, Mukesh Khanna, Tanvi Hegde, Priyesh Sagar, Saket Sharma, and Chirag Ruia among others. The film is about the educational burden that is put on the young and the expectations of the adults that force the young to extreme steps like suicide. The film also raises questions like the low reputation of government schools forcing parents to go to private schools where they pay higher fees and therefore have higher expectations; the need to ensure employment opportunities in all fields apart from medical, engineering or civil services; the need to ensure compulsory education till the age of 18, and that entry should only be at nursery school level and not pre-nursery.

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