In the wake of a rift betweeen film producers and exhibiters in the state, the government is planning to bring in a law to safeguard and promote Malayalam film industry. The law would be on the basis of recommendations from an expert panel headed by prominent film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan. 

The panel had submitted a report two years ago. A meeting of stakeholders would be held on January 25, Minister for Law, Culture and Parliamentary Affairs, A K Balan said. 

Enacting a law to protect the industry has become imperative in the wake of recent rift between producers and exhibitors that led to the withdrawal of Malayalam movies from theatres during Christmas-New Year season, the minister said. 

It also aims to plug the loopholes that affects revenue collection from entertainment tax. An online ticketing system will be introduced to curb malpractices of theatres, which maintain several accounts to deceive government. They have three accounts, one for their own record, another for producers and third to avoid tax, he said. 

The minister also stated that the government is planning to set up 100 cinema halls in semi-rural, rural and urban areas and Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board would provide ₹100 crore for the project. Kerala State Film Development Corporation would envisage the project.