By Jyothi Venkatesh
Siddharth Roy Kapur was re-elected President of India’s Producers’ Guild at the association’s 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place virtually on September 29th. He was unanimously re-elected president by the board of directors of the guild.
Roy Kapur thanked the members for the trust they had placed in him over the years and announced that after six consecutive years as guild president he would not be available for re-election next year until the end of 2022 would be a year of leadership change for the guild in order to seamlessly introduce a new president at the next annual general meeting in 2022.
As President of the Guild since 2017, Mr. Roy Kapur has spearheaded several industry initiatives in recent years aimed at increasing the market size and reach of Indian content and advancing manufacturers’ interests on issues such as legislation and taxation, and ease of doing business.
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At the annual general meeting, the members were informed about the most important activities and developments of the year. Given the ongoing pandemic, which poses unprecedented challenges, the guild has been at the forefront of the industry’s response to the disruption by formulating strict SOPs for Safe Shooting, advocating for resumption of shooting, organizing vaccination camps for members, and the Financial support made available to day laborers through donations from guild members.
A major development at the Guild’s annual general meeting was a significant addition to the ranks of female producers in executive positions. Madhu Bhojwani of Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures LLP and Ambika Khurana of Netflix India joined incumbents Apoorva Mehta, Manish Goswami and Sunjoy Waddhwa as vice presidents of the guild, while Fazila Alllana of Sol Productions joined incumbent Ashim Samanta as treasurer. Shibashish Sarkar was also elected Vice President of Reliance Entertainment.