UP CM Yogi Adityanath to meet filmmakers during Mumbai visit
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is set to build India's "biggest film city" in Gautam Buddh Nagar, has reportedly set up a meeting with Bollywood producers to discuss his plan. During his upcoming visit to Mumbai, the CM has invited many members from the Hindi film industry to discuss the way forward. Here are more details on this.
CM Adityanath will meet filmmakers, senior executives of streaming platforms, and other prominent personalities from the film industry on December 2. The list of those who have been invited includes filmmakers Subhash Ghai, Vishal Bhardwaj, Boney Kapoor, Bhushan Kumar, Manmohan Shetty, Rajkumar Santoshi, Ramesh Sippy, Tigmanshu Dhulia, and Madhur Bhandarkar, among others. Lately, UP has become a popular destination for shooting Hindi movies.
"We want to convey that filmmakers are welcome to shoot in UP. We want their suggestions for the facilities. The project is in the planning and designing stage, so we need to know their requirements (sic)," said Navneet Sehgal, Additional Chief Secretary (Information), Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier in September, CM Adityanath had made the announcement of constructing the "most beautiful" film city in Noida that could bring producers' focus to the state. "The film city will provide a better alternative to the film producers, at the same time, will be very useful in terms of employment generation," an official statement had said. The project is currently in the planning stage.
In recent years, there has been a rise in the popularity of movies based in small cities and towns. In fact, many hit movies such as Bareilly Ki Barfi, Dream Girl, Raanjhanaa, Masaan, Pati Patni Aur Woh and others have been shot in locations across UP. Furthermore, cities like Lucknow and Varanasi are quite popular among filmmakers.
Sarkar 3 producer Rahul Mittra, who is excited to meet CM Adityanath, stated that UP "has been a favorite destination for film shootings in recent years." "It is always a privilege to work closely with the UP state government toward the betterment of our film industry (sic)," the producer, who is helping the government reach out to film personalities, said.