After offering cash grant for the promotion of film production in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has given his nod to the setting up of two film cities in the state.
The government has agreed to provide land for a 300-acre film city — to be promoted by actor Ravi Kishan — and another 400 acre to Mumbai-based company Purple Seas.
Ravi Kishan’s film city is a part of Akhilesh government’s ambitious Trans Ganga City project in Unnao. The foundation of the Trans Ganga City, spread over 1,100 acres, was laid by Akhilesh in December last year. Ravi Kishan had also met the CM in 2014.
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The project will also include a housing society comprising exhibition centre, multiplex, mega mall and multi-storied residential complexes. All industries within it will be pollution free.
Purple Seas, meanwhile, had made a presentation before the government for setting up a film city in UP. The government had agreed to provide them around 400 acres in the proposed smart city on the Agra-Lucknow expressway.
The proposed smart city will be spread over 3,000 acres. Besides being on the Agra-Lucknow expressway, the smart city will be equidistant from Kanpur and Lucknow. Both film cities have been ensured good connectivity with Lucknow international airport.
In the two film cities, there is a proposal to set up an audio visual industry, facilities for post production as well as film, television and radio academies. Purple Seas has claimed that while nearly 60 per cent of technicians in Bollywood are from north India, 50 per cent of them belong to UP. Thus, setting up a film city in UP will provide them with job opportunities and would not have to rush to Mumbai. Once established, it will be north India’s first film production lab with modern facilities.
“We will provide 300 acre to Ravi Kishan and another 400 acres to Purple Seas,” said Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary (Information and Public Relations).
Under the new film and entertainment policy, Akhilesh has already announced an increase in the cash grant to Rs 2 crore for shooting at least 50 per cent of a film in UP. In the last two-and-a-half years, around 30 films have been shot in UP while another nine are in the pipeline.