Within six months of announcing films policy, Uttar Pradesh has received 150 proposals for shooting in the state including “Jolly LLB 2” and a Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer film.
“We just had Bollywood star Salman Khan shooting his movie Sultan in UP and he has appreciated the facilities in the state. In all, we have 150 films proposals in queue for shooting in the state including ‘Jolly LLB 2’,” UP Film Development Council, Vice-chairman, Gaurav Dwivedi told PTI.
He said that the proposals have come within six months of state coming with films policy.
“We are giving subsidy in the range of Rs 1 crore to 3.5 crore. Recently, Sudhir Mishra completed shoot of his movie ‘Dasdev’ in UP. His project qualifies for higher range of subsidy between Rs 3 and Rs 3.5 crore,” Dwivedi said.
He said shooting for Khurrana’s film is expected to start in June-October period and “Jolly LLB 2” in August-September.
When asked about subsidy for “Sultan”, he said that it was a only partial shoot hence did not qualify for incentive.
“But Salman is impressed with facilities and opportunities in the state and has expressed interest to set up screen in about 5 cities of UP. This talks about improved infrastructure and prospects in the state,” Dwivedi said.
Khan in his tweet on Saturday appreciated support of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, UP Film Development council for shoot of Sultan in Muzzafarnagar’s Morna town.
Dwivedi said that film director Anubhav Sinha and Anurag Kashyap have also submitted proposal for shooting their films in the state.
“We have also made 26 films tax free in last six months which has been encouraging for the industry, including recently released ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ which was shot in Agra,” he said.
In next phase of policy for films, UP government plans to incorporate provision of subsidy for foreign film makers too.
“(UP) CM is very keen to develop film industry in state. Hence we are not limiting ourselves to domestic film makers. In May, we are going to Cannes film festival to set up direct interface with foreign film makers,” Dwivedi said.
The UPFDC has received invite from Information and Broadcasting ministry to be part of India pavilion at the Cannes film festival starting from May 11.
“In the next phase of our policy we are planning to incorporate subsidy provision for foreign film makers. Film makers Sudhir Mishra, Anurag Kashyap and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has agreed to join us in UP session on May 13 which will be held there to showcase potential of the state,” Dwivedi said.