New Delhi: For the first time, documentaries that are partly supported by the Prasar Bharati Corporation will be showcased on a private television channel in India
The Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) and New Delhi Television (NDTV) have entered into a significant partnership for the promotion of documentary and reality films.
PSBT’s films are telecast on Doordarshan every week and at numerous national and international fora. Now they will be telecast every month on NDTV’s flagship channel NDTV 24x7, as part of an NDTV series ‘Documentary 24x7’, every Thursday at 09:30 pm with a repeat telecast on Sunday, 01:30 pm.
The partnership provides a platform for the exploration of myriad issues that these documentaries deal with. The objective is to enhance viewership of powerful and insightful content and create a public culture of documentary appreciation and engagement.
“Our films are produced by independent filmmakers, most of them young, partially funded by Doordarshan. The future for public broadcasting lies in efforts such as these that demonstrate the potential of public-private partnerships”, says Adoor Gopalakrishnan, eminent filmmaker and chairperson, PSBT.
The two PSBT’s films that were telecast on NDTV last month received positive feedback. ‘Spot the difference’ by Vivek Mohan documented everyday lived similarities of a Chinese and Tibetan family despite underlying political differences and ‘Sharira’ by Ein Lall explored the life of Chandralekha, an extraordinary and celebrated dancer and the interconnections between body, movement, sexuality, sensuality and spirituality.