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    Cinemas, Copyright & Content : A Positive Outlook

    • 06.12.2023
    • By Siddharth Roy Kapur
    Roy Kapur Films

    In this Industry Spotlight with Creative First, Producer & Founder, Roy Kapur Films, Siddharth Roy Kapur joined Lohita Sujith, Sr. Director of Copyright & Digital Economy at Motion Picture Association, to discuss the film industry landscape, amendments to the cinematographic act and new government initiatives.

    The discussion started on a positive note with the return of numbers for cinemas and theatres to pre-COVID levels.

    Siddharth will soon receive the “Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific Copyright Educator of the Year” Award at CineAsia 2023 and on the topic, shared brief insights about the importance of copyright. He extended his gratitude to those who have made it very evident that stealing creative property is illegal. In particular, he thanked the government for their efforts so far and new initiatives being introduced to further curb piracy.

    Siddharth further highlighted the accessibility of content, and in particular how Indian cinema can become more accessible to the rest of the world. His key advice was to unabashedly be Indian and authentic rather than reverse-engineer content as “crossover” content. He said core human emotions will strike a chord with multiple audiences and used Dangal’s success in China as evidence.

    The conversation also touched upon multiple other topics including: new incentives offered by the government, AI, and the way to walk the line between art and commercials in filmmaking.

    Before wrapping up, Siddharth spoke about his recent projects such as Tumse Na Ho Payega on Zee5, Pippa on Amazon Prime, and his many upcoming projects such as Deva starring Shahid Kapoor.


    Siddharth Roy Kapur

    Siddharth Roy Kapur is one of the preeminent producers in Indian cinema and the Founder and Managing Director of Roy Kapur Films. He has produced some of the biggest blockbusters of Indian cinema like DANGAL and CHENNAI EXPRESS, along with pathbreaking films that have broken the mould like BARFI, KAI PO CHE and HAIDER. His latest production, LAST FILM SHOW was shortlisted in the Best International Feature Film category at the 95th Oscars, only the fourth Indian film to ever make it to this stage. His recent productions include the war film PIPPA, the comedy-drama film TUMSE NA HO PAYEGA, the crime thriller series ARANYAK, and the historical drama series ROCKET BOYS, which bagged the Filmfare OTT Award for Best Series and launched into its second season, receiving tremendous acclaim from both audiences and critics. He is the former Managing Director of The Walt Disney Company India. His involvement in the film and media industry extends beyond his production ventures; he serves as a managing trustee of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) that runs the Mumbai Film Festival and he also holds the position of co-chairman of the CII Media & Entertainment Committee. He was elected President of the Producers Guild of India for an unprecedented 6 consecutive terms and has been listed on the prestigious Variety 500 list of most influential people in global entertainment for the last 6 years running. In July 2023, he was invited to membership of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) under the Producers branch.