Renowned Bollywood film producer-director Rajkumar Santoshi will shoot his forthcoming feature film based on India-Pakistan partition in Uttarakhand. The shooting of the movie will begin in May 2019. Apart from this, he will be shooting another film in the state.
Rajkumar Santoshi met Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in Dehradun on Tuesday and offered to open a film studio in Dehradun or adjoining areas. During a detailed discussion, Santoshi said that Uttarakhand, which is rich in natural beauty, can open the world market for shooting movies as there is an immense variety of locations for film shooting in the state.
Santoshi said, “There are many unexplored places with such natural beauty which are yet to be captured by the cameras of the filmmakers.” On the proposal to set up a film studio in Dehradun or its vicinity, Chief Minister Rawat has issued instructions to Secretary Information for undertaking field inspection for the selection of an appropriate piece of land for the studio. The Chief Minister said that the state government is promoting the shooting of films in Uttarakhand with a long-term professional approach in a mission mode.
Rawat said that the film policy is being updated to encourage film production in the state. Soon it will be brought before the cabinet. He said that the state government is providing subsidies, facilities, other concessions, and proper law and order arrangements for film production. He said that along with it the government is working to open a branch of Indian Film and Television Institute (FTII) Pune in the state. Secretary Information Dilip Jawalkar, Director General Information Deependra Kumar Chaudhary, Film Nodal Officer KS Chauhan among others were present on the occasion.