Uttarakhand waives film shooting fee

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Dehra Dun : To promote film shoots in this hill state with a view to propagate its picturesque locales to the outside world, which in turn will lure tourists here, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced that the state government will not levy any fees on movies being shot in this tiny Himalayan state.

Announcing this at New Tehri on Friday at the mahurat of a Bollywood movie ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ starring Shahid Kapoor, the chief minister said that the decision had been taken to encourage the development of the picturesque locales in the state and propagate them to the outside world through the films, which in turn would help generate employment avenues for the local people.

Sounding the clapper for the mahurat shot of the movie which has the Padmavat actor in the lead role, Rawat said that Uttarakhand, which abounds in locations of rare scenic beauty could be an ideal destination for outdoor shootings. “All that is needed on the part of the film makers is a passion to explore”, he added.

He said that when he was first approached by the film makers, he had advised them to start their shooting from Tehri area, as it is home to several tourist spots, including the spectacular Tehri lake. “Tehri has a great potential as a tourist destination and the Their lake is being developed to encourage film makers to shoot around it”, he added..

The chief minister was of he view that once film shooting took off in a big way in the state, film production projects would provide direct and indirect employment to the local people of the state, which would not only improve their economic condition but would also help in preventing migration for the interiors to the plain areas.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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