Press Trust of India
December 21, 2012 16:36 IST
Hollywood studios are showing
interest in developing the two state-of-the-art film cities
planned in West Bengal, Finance Minister Amit Mitra today
The state government had earlier announced plans of
making at least two film cities, one each in Uttarpara, a few
km from Kolkata and the other one in north Bengal.
"Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had identified the
spots and accordingly land has already been allocated for the
two film cities. Expression of interest are flowing in from
various quarters," Mitra said at FICCI's media and
entertainment business conclave.
Recently, executives of company who had developed a
film city in Manchester told him that they are interested in
developing the ones coming up in Bengal.
"Another major studio in the US has also expressed
interest. The film industry has tremendous national and
international potential," the minister said.
The film cities being planned will not only work for
the film and television industry but will also be a hub for
animation, gaming and special effects, he said.
Stating that infrastructure is very critical for the
industry, Mitra said Bengal is already a hub of creativity and
with the film cities, the entire eco-system will be complete.
On a number of occasions, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
has said that Tollywood must reach out to Bollywood and
Hollywood to bridge the gap between the film industries.
During a meeting with US secretary of state Hillary
Clinton, she had sought a joint endeavour to work together for
the development of Bengal's entertainment industry.