Mumbai: During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s day-long visit to Maharashtra, a Bollywood delegation met him to discuss the issues plaguing the film industry. The delegation comprised producers Karan Johar, Sidharth Roy Kapur, Ritesh Sidhwani, Rakesh Roshan, Ronnie Screwwala, Central Board of Film Certification chairman Prasoon Joshi and actors Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn. The meeting was held at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday.Also Read - Recent Developments in Afghanistan Prove Radicalisation Biggest challenge to Peace: PM Modi at SCO Summit | Key Points
Giving an overview of the vast growth potential of the media and entertainment industry, the team from the film fraternity pitched for lower and uniform rates of GST for the entertainment industry, as per the statement issued by PIB. Assuring the delegation that the Union Government was supportive of the media and entertainment industry and that he would consider the suggestions positively, the PM said that the entertainment industry enjoyed immense popularity across the world and was one of the key elements of India’s rising soft power status, globally. Later, the delegation took to Twitter to thank the PM. Also Read - PM Modi's 71st Birthday: From Record Covid-19 Vaccination to E-Auction of Gifts, How BJP Aims to Make The Day Historic
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The delegation, however, received flak online as Twitter erupted into criticism over complete absence of women from the team.
Director of Lipstick Under My Burkha, Alankrita Srivastava, wrote a pointed remark on Twitter —
This was the second meeting of filmmakers with the PM since October 24 this year that did not include any female representatives from the industry while still in the wake of the #MeToo movement.