DELHI, THE NEW HUB OF FILM SHOOTS?

Film frat’s meet­ing with Delhi CM raises hopes for a smoother shoot­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the city

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Delhi seems to have worked its charm this year with sev­eral films, such as Piku and Tanu Weds Manu Re­turns, shot in the Cap­i­tal and do­ing well. How­ever, there are var­i­ous per­mits film­mak­ers need to take while shoot­ing in Delhi, which af­fects their shoot­ing sched­ules im­mensely. In an at­tempt to make the process of shoot­ing smoother here, a del­e­ga­tion of pro­duc­ers and pro­mot­ers, led by film­maker Mukesh Bhatt, met Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal and deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia last week, to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of Delhi be­com­ing a hub for film shoot­ings.

Talk­ing about the out­come of the meet­ing, Bhatt says that he’s sure that this step will help in­crease the num­ber of film shoots in the Cap­i­tal. “The meet­ing went great...we got a very pos­i­tive re­ac­tion from ev­ery­one. They were will­ing to do ev­ery­thing to make Delhi a hub of art and cul­ture, and will be work­ing to­wards get­ting the best in­fra­struc­ture for film shoots here,” says Bhatt, pres­i­dent of Film and Tele­vi­sion Pro­duc­ers Guild of In­dia. He was ac­com­pa­nied by film­mak­ers Ramesh Sippy and Vi­jay Singh, and pro­ducer Kul­meet Makkar, among oth­ers.

Ke­jri­wal as­sured them that the gov­ern­ment will sup­port this en­deav­our. “We are ready to help you (film­mak­ers) out in open­ing new screens. We want to pro­mote art, cul­ture and Hindi film in­dus­try. It is a job-ori­ented in­dus­try, and we want you to do busi­ness in Delhi,” he said, adding, “Sup­port­ing the in­dus­try work in an in­de­pen­dent man­ner was very im­por­tant.”

Film­maker Shoo­jit Sir­car, who has shot Piku and Vicky Donor (2012) in Delhi, says that Delhi is no less than Mum­bai. “In the last few years, Delhi has more or less be­come the hub of shoot­ing, with shoots be­ing held here al­most ev­ery day,” he says.

How­ever, line pro­ducer Ravi Sarin says that this meet­ing won’t change much. ”They’ve been hav­ing such meet­ings for two years, plus Delhi is very ex­pen­sive to shoot in, and has too many re­stric­tions,” he says.

We got a very pos­i­tive re­ac­tion. In fact, the CM even agreed to lift all the re­stric­tions to help film­mak­ers shoot easily

Mukesh Bhatt, film­maker Films are a very strong medium of so­cial mes­sages and changes. They can do won­ders for the so­ci­ety. We want to pro­mote art, cul­ture and the film in­dus­try

Arvind Ke­jri­wal, Delhi CM Delhi is a cru­cial place to shoot. It has be­come an in­dus­try of its own. There are stu­dios, and even ac­tors stay­ing here now

Shoo­jit Sir­car, film­maker

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAX­ENA/HT

A still from Tanu Weds Manu Re­turns, which was shot in the Cap­i­tal; Shah Rukh Khan shoot­ing in Delhi for his up­com­ing, Fan (above right)

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