Uttarakhand News

Uttarakhand to become film shoot-friendly to promote tourism, regional film makers

In order to advertise Uttarakhand as a major tourist destination, the current government is mulling over the idea to modify the current film policy in order to make shooting films in Uttarakhand a lucrative and hassle-free option. A host of facilities will also be provided to the filmmakers which would facilitate in the shooting process. As a part of the process, the government would invite suggestions and feedback from filmmakers regarding existing film policy which was introduced two years ago.

Student of the Year movie was primarily shot in FRI, Dehradun.

The idea is to ensure more films are shot in the scenic locales dotting the hill state and it gets publicised as a major tourist destination. Its popularity as a tourist destination will also improve the local economy that will also help check forced migration from the hills.

– Pankaj Kumar Pandey, (DG) DIPR

Filmmakers and all those associated with film making process can provide suggestions online on the Director of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) website after which a draft film policy based on those suggestions will be submitted to the cabinet. Once cabinet gives the nod, the new film policy will be enforced.

The new film policy for strive for ‘single-window clearance’ so that film makers could obtain hassle-free permit from DIPR which would be valid throughout the state. Fees charged for shooting films will also be minimized. Forest authorities would be asked to submit a list of fringe areas of reserve forests where they would like to permit film shooting. In addition to that, a list of trained technicians, side actors and equipments will also be made available on the DIPR website. A list of scenic locations in Uttarakhand for film shooting will also be mentioned on the aforementioned DIPR website for the convenience of film makers.

In return, the government expects the films shot in Uttarakhand to mention the names of the scenic locations in the final cut which will help in promoting tourism in Uttarakhand.

Inputs from Hindustan Times