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Bollywood sets up its own film acad

CPA awards to provide local equivalent of Oscars

NEW DELHI — Bollywood’s leading lights have formed the Cinema People’s Academy that they hope will play the kind of role the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has assumed in Hollywood, complete with film awards that will recognize the breadth of films made in India, regardless of language.

Among founder members are producer-directors Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai, Ramesh Sippy, Sooraj Bharjatya and Shyam Benegal.

“The CPA awards will mirror the style, magnitude and stature of the Oscars,” academy chairwoman Smita Thackeray said in Mumbai, adding that the first awards would be held in April.

The Filmfare awards dished out annually by media group Benett Coleman and Co. are the most prestigious in India. However, these go only to the Hindi-lingo film industry, based in Mumbai. Known as Bollywood, it contributes about 300 movies to the 1,000-plus churned out annually across India.

The Tamil-lingo industry, known as Telugu, and the Kanada-lingo industry, known as Kollywood, account for the remainder. The new CPA kudos will recognize films made in these languages and regions along with Bollywood films.

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