In a welcome act, there was a proposal of setting up a film city and a film institute in Odisha. There was a meeting between top Bollywood filmmakers like Ketan Desai and Mushtaq Nadiadwala with Ashok Panda, Minister, Tourism and Culture, Odisha during the ‘Make in Odisha’ conclave on its concluding day.
The government is all set to allot 100 acres of land ether in Bhubaneswar, Paradip or Chilika for this project with and an investment of Rs. 3,883 crores.
“Odisha is a land of rich heritage. Film is an art, and we want to excel in it. If there is shooting of films in the exotic locations of Odisha, then the State will be highly benefitted as the tourism potential will be properly explored and exploited,” said Ashok Panda, Minister, Tourism and Culture, Odisha.
The filmmakers are all in high praises for this place. The project is likely to be finalised very soon.
“We feel that we would like to come to this place. There is lot of scope here. First, we can build a film city here parallel to none because of the fabulous locations, the sea, virgin beaches, sands, jungles. The sculpture and art is parallel to none. We can also have a film institute so that students don’t have to travel to Mumbai,” according to Ketan M.Desai, Managing Director, MKD Entertainment Pvt Ltd and a well-known director of Bollywood.
The rich culture and heritage sites will be duly tapped, according to many other filmmakers. “It will not be too much of rocket science to shift base shooting sites. The preliminary crew can always come from Mumbai. The rest we can recruit from here. Most of our technical crew in Bollywood is from Odisha and they will be really happy if we tell them that we are shooting here,” said Mushtaq Nadiadwala, CEO, Studio 1.
Vijay Tiwari, President, Indo-European Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises has his own viewpoint regarding the luscious beauty of Odisha which according to him is enough to woo even Hollywood.
“Odisha is very rich and the people here are very nice. There is lot of natural beauty here which can be tapped with the help of the government, because Odisha has so much to give not only to Bollywood but also to Hollywood ,” he said.
The most benefitted will be our own Ollywood as it will no more move to far-off place for shooting.
“We have to depend on film cities situated outside the State like Vizag, Hyderabad or Mumbai. If something of that sort crops up here, it will be be advantageous for the producers as it will reduce the cost of production,” Akash Dasnayak, BJD MLA and Ollywood actor.
Odisha has undertaken several initiatives over the past few months in terms of implementation of ease of doing business reforms, creating an enabling policy framework and development of state-of-the-art industrial infrastructure facilities to make it easy for companies to set up and do business in the state.
The key objective of the conclave was to showcase the manufacturing prowess of the state and the investment opportunities across the focus sectors.