National Film Corporation politicized? Or do artists manage it?

National Film Corporation politicized? Or do artists manage it?

Written by Staff Writer

06 Mar, 2019 | 9:28 pm

Colombo (News 1st): Has the National Film Corporation been politicized? Or is it still in the promising hands of the artists of Sri Lanka?

This matter was discussed between Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa in Parliament today (March 6).

Minister Sajith Premadasa noted that when taking a look at the National Film Corporation and the local films nowadays, we can conclude that the NFC is in a crisis. He noted that they will come up with a special programme to rid the Sri Lankan film industry from the hands of the dirty politicians by appointing an intellectual committee comprising veteran artists of the country.

Mahinda Rajapaksa then noted that there is more time for the Presidential Election.

Minister Premadasa responding noted that he never thought that Rajapaksa would think of him to that extent. He pointed out that this issue is not about the Presidential Election, it is about the cinema in this country. He noted that Rajapaksa had questioned the political involvement in the film industry especially before 2015.

When Rajapaksa noted that there have been those who were involved with politics, Premadasa questioned if he was talking about Ravindra Randeniya, Patrick Ratnayake, Tudor Weerasinghe, Ashoka Serasinghe, Somaratne Dissanayake, Sunil Ranasinghe, Asoka Handagama, Senesh Dissanaike Bandara or engineer Stanley Hettiarachchi.

He noted that if Rajapaksa names a person who is not suitable for his current position, he (Premadasa) will remove him from his position immediately. The minister assured the opposition leader that there is no politics in the NFC as they have begun a new journey since 2015 to cure the bleeding sore that is the film industry of this country.

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