The Government is planning an image makeover for Mahadev Auditorium in Delhi to make it the “Hub of Alternative Cinema”. This announcement was made by the Minister of I &B, Manish Tewari, on the occasion of the 60th National Film awards ceremony.
The Minister said the Films Division auditorium which was being used for screenings only on special occasions would be modeled along the lines of Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai to not just screen documentaries, small budget films but also provide a forum for film makers and connoisseurs to discuss filmmaking.
This announcement came in response to the demand by independent filmmakers for special screening spaces for indie cinema as part of the Save indie cinema campaign. Read Filmakers to protest on the eve of National Film awards
Tewari also announced that the Government was instituting a “Centenary Award” that would be given every year starting this year, recognising a paradigm transformation in filmmaking and honouring individuals or films that had profoundly influenced contemporary, socio-cultural evolution.