ITANAGAR, June 14 - Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu, in his effort to promote the State as a prominent destination for film, television and media, has stated that the hilly State has everything to offer for film-making.
Khandu opined this on Thursday while holding a roundtable meeting at Mumbai with the top representatives of media and entertainment industry from the country including eminent producers and directors from Bollywood, to promote Arunachal as a prominent destination for film, television and media.
Speaking during the event ‘Lights Camera Arunachal’, the Chief Minister said Arunachal has everything to offer for film making, while pointing out that the State is gifted with beautiful landscape including rivers, snow-capped peaks, diverse colourful tribes and hospitable people.
He also said the State Government will extend full cooperation in terms of logistics, transportation and in meeting any need of the film makers during the course of filming. He added that the Chief Minister’s Office will be directly in touch with the film makers as ‘single point of contact’ to address any of their grievances or issues.
Khandu said the purpose of the meeting was to understand the need of the film makers and offer tailor made solution. He added, to promote Arunachal Pradesh as a film destination, a State Film Policy for creating a conducive atmosphere for film production is in the pipeline.
He said Bollywood films like the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Koyla and Shahid-Saif-Kangana starrer Rangoon were shot in Arunachal. He also said a national institute of repute – Film and Television Institute of India is also coming up that would provide local skilled manpower to supplement the needs of the film makers. Offering a win-win situation, Khandu said availability of local manpower would cut down the cost of film making and also offer employment opportunities to local people.
Stating that the State offers congenial atmosphere for filming, the Chief Minister welcomed the media and film representatives to visit Arunachal first and see for themselves to assess the feasibility of filming.
The meeting was followed by a Q&A session where the Chief Minister answered several queries of media and entertainment representatives with regards to issues on filming in Arunachal.
The meeting was also attended by Arunachal Speaker Passang Dorjee Sona and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, besides eminent personalities from Bollywood Imtiaz Ali, Anu Malik and several others.