The West Bengal government is mulling opening a single window to process requests to shoot movies in the state - a move which will spare the producers the hassle of knocking at the doors of multiple agencies.
The move is in line with the government's policy to
enable the entertainment industry to have a strong footprint
in the state, and also to promote film-tourism.
At present film producers are required to take
permissions from the police, local civic bodies, owners of
land, power department and several other agencies to be able
to shoot a movie.
"No more running from pillar to post to shoot a film,"
state tourism minister Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury told PTI.
"Not only that. The Tourism department will see to it
that the the infrastructure in the shooting sites is upgraded
so that film units are provided with adequate accommodation,
restaurant facilities, roads, healthcare, shopping plaza and
transport," Chowdhury said.
The minister points out that as part of a broader
plan to encourage the entertainment industry, Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee has already taken an initiative to set up film
cities in the state.
However, in case of a shooting plan in the Kolkata
Port area, film units must take permission from the KoPT.
For shooting in New Town at Rajarhat, permission from the
HIDCO is a must, Chowdhury said.
He said that the present lengthy process for obtaining
permission from different agencies takes up a lot of time,
causes anxiety and escalates budget of a film.
He is hopeful that if successful films like Kahaani,
Barfi, Gunday, Lootera, Yuva, Namesake and City of Joy could
be made in Bengal, the state could certainly attract attention
of more and more producers and filmmakers from the country and
The minister, who attended the launch of FICCI's new
initiative 'Shoot at Site' at FICCI FRAMES 2013 in Mumbai on
March 15, said that the initiative would go a long way
in providing a platform to film-tourism in the state.
'Shoot at Site' also aims to bring together the
entertainment and tourism industry under a single platform to
promote commerce between each other.
This initiative will also help stakeholders discover
the benefits of shooting in India and other participating
countries from across the globe with experts, decision makers
Endorsing the FICCI move, the minister said that the
premier industry body had also launched the Ficci Frames
Market (FFM), a platform to create, buy, sell, finance,
and partner with entertainment content from all over the
FFM was launched at Frames 2012 and was a tremendous
success having more than 800 structured face to face business
meetings between Foreign buyers and Indian sellers.
"The FICCI initiative is really an interesting one, if
such a thing takes place here," Chowdhury said.