Doordarshan launches new film slot

Rebecca Hawkes | 09-11-2013

India’s public television broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) is to air acclaimed Indian films in a new 11pm slot every Sunday and Monday evening, beginning on 10 November.

The slot, called the Best of Indian Cinema, forms part of the celebration of a centenary of Indian films.

Each of the movies, which will be in a variety of languages and subtitled in English, has received awards nationally or internationally, featured in the Indian Panorama, or competed in 16 international film festivals.

Indian films selected for Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, London, Karlovy Vary, Nantes, Rotterdam, Fribourg, Munich, Busan, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Rome and Sydney film festivals are eligible for telecast.

All the films to be televised in DD’s year long initiative have been made since the year 2000, and are certified U or U/A by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

In order to attract producers for the initiative, DD has increased the telecast fee. A television premiere on DD can earn INR 2,500,000, while the non-exclusive screening fee has been set at INR 1,500,000 –representing a threefold increase.