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Siraj Syed

Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. He is also an acting and dialogue coach. 



FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 02: Delhi High Court Judge sees enormous opportunities

FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022, 02: Delhi High Court Judge sees enormous opportunities

Addressing the two-day ‘FICCI FRAMES Fast Track 2022’ on the second day, 28 September, Hon’ble Justice Ms. Prathiba M Singh, Judge, Delhi High Court said, “There are enormous opportunities that the Indian Creative Sector provides for expansion, and leaving a global footprint of the country.”

Speaking on strengthening India’s IP Ecosystem, Justice Singh highlighted, “There is a need for a unified central agency for enforcement of Intellectual Property (IP) Rights that will help strengthen the overall IP ecosystem.”

While addressing the low turnover of the Indian movie industry, as compared to other countries, she highlighted that USA produced less than half the number of films and generated 8 times more box office revenue while China produced almost half the films, yet the box office collections was nearly 7 times of India. Similarly, in the Indian music industry, she highlighted that the Indian music consumption was above the global average and close to that of US and the UK, but revenue generated by India was 65 times lesser than that of the USA and 1/5th of the UK.  

Sharing her insights on the Indian arts and painting industry, she said that while a combined 8 per cent of the ‘world’s wealth spent on treasure’, consists of spends on fine art paintings, pictures, and sculptures; only 0.02 per cent of the Indian wealth is spent on arts. She highlighted that India’s visual art market was valued around USD 0.17 billion in 2017 and the visual art sector was prone to forgeries with an estimated USD 1 million worth of forged art traded in India every year.

Mr. Karan Thapar, Deputy Secretary, DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, spoke about the Government’s initiative towards protecting the rights of the creative industry stakeholders. He said that the government while being committed towards strengthening of IP laws, was also focused on the sensitisation and awareness about IP among enforcement agencies and the judiciary.

Ms. Dipti Kotak, Chief Legal Officer, Media Business, Reliance Industries Ltd., Ms. Gowree Gokhale, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates, Mr. Uday Singh, Managing Director, Motion Pictures Association (MPA) India and Mr. Kaushik Moitra, Partner, Bharucha & Partners also shared their perspectives during the interaction.

What is this picture of Ranveer Singh, in a Fireside Chat with a journalist, doing here? Especially since it took place on the first day? Well, we did not want to give you too much of Ranveer in one dose, so we saved it for today. Needless to say, Ranveer acquitted himself very well, while answering questions on both his personal life and professional life.

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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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