India cuts film shoot red tape


NEW DELHI -- India has simplified procedures for foreign film crews looking to shoot in the country.

According to a statement Tuesday by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the waiting period for clearing applications for foreign feature film shoots has been reduced to three weeks.

Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said that if a film requires shooting in such politically sensitive areas as the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, north eastern India or border areas of the country, "the application will be considered for specific approval in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs."

Added Dasmunsi: "In such cases, clearing of applications would require more time to process than the regular time frame of three weeks."

The statement added that for foreign films dealing with issues related to "communal subjects, human rights, tribal, nuclear and defense related issues or any other issue dealt in the script considered provocative or sensitive from the economic, social and/or political angle, permission would require prior consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs."