'A National Award' for 'Best Periodical on Cinema'
I make a case to introduce such an award, as stated above, in addition to the present two categories for writing on cinema - (1) Best Book on Cinema, and (2) Best Film Critic. This award in stature and remuneration should be on par with the other two.
We have such a dearth of quality writing on cinema and film periodicals in India that such an encouragement for the publishers should be welcome. Film periodical may be defined as one that is exclusively and essentially dedicated to cinema. E-magazines may also qualify, but blogs and websites should not. Periodicity of publication of the new material should be the criterion in defining a film magazine /periodical.
Excerpt from letter to Ministry of I&B
Subhash Ghai, speaking at the Film Critics Circle of India AGM, 2013
You are in a highly responsible profession. You have the responsibility to look into the growth of civilization and of the next generation. We filmmakers look upon you as God. So guide us in your reviews, tell us where we lack, and how we can improve. But do not mock us. Creative people are extra sensitive, so talk like a mother, not like an opponent.