Satyendra Tomar, managing director of Purple Seas, which will set up a film city in Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday said the project will provide employment to 8,000 people.
“The film city will provide employment to 8,000 people, among whom, 2,000 will be directly employed,” Tomar told mediapersons in Lucknow. He claimed that the actual size of the film city was still under discussion but Purple Seas group will submit a Detailed Project Report for 500 acres of land.
“While the entire city may take years to complete, Purple Seas will approach it in a phased manner. We will set targets, say, for 3-5-7-9 years. We hope to reach the first milestone by two to three years, when the production of movies may begin,” Tomar said.
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He added that the film city will be complete in all aspects and also have facilities such as a film institute. “Unless we have an end-to-end structure, we can’t grow, so we want this to be a one-stop shop.
“For example, ad-making is a bigger business than film-making — you need an advertisement every week to survive, so every film city has to have multiple things… It has to be self-sufficient… The idea is that you don’t have to go outside the city,” said Tomar.
A lot of talent in this field migrates to places such as Mumbai and the state government strongly felt that it should be retained, he added.
“We will be different in the sense that other top film cities just hire the people they need, they don’t have a social obligation. But we will educate. We cannot live oblivious to our surroundings.
“So, while our first challenge is to provide the latest technology, we will have to educate the people here and bridge the gap to enable them to work with that technology,” Tomar said.
“Bangalore is known as an IT destination, but it wasn’t created in a day. So, the bridging of that gap also cannot happen in a day,” he added.