Media and Entertainment industry and especially Film industry is severely short of skilled workers and there is a huge need for educational institutions taking up the cause of training in finishing courses in Films' said Kamal Hassan speaking at the inaugural of the "Media and Entertainment Business Conclave" in Bangalore. Key business schools should make management of movies a part of their curriculum and certification for cinema technicians should be given by the ITIs, Mr. Hassan said.
The veteran actor, emphasising the need for skill development, said: "In the current eco-system, traditional platforms have been disrupted and new methods for the future need to be adopted to create and monetise content. India lacks training schools to create "cinema-professionals in the truest sense", he said and added that "our films need to make the transition from being good to edgy."
Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah said that boundaries for the film industry are unlimited in this age of digital innovation. He said that the State will provide an enabling environment to harness the digitally empowered medium to its fullest.
Ravi Kotarakara, president-elect, Film Federation of India, sought rollback of service tax and creation of an environment where film-makers have better access to bank loans.
Srivatsa Krishna, Secretary, Department of IT, BT and Science and Technology, said that the State was working towards creating Karnataka Resident's Database (KRDB) that will be the common repository of residents data that can be used by all departments. He said that it was an "Aadhar-like system" and would help in better delivery of services to people.