Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Shri Satpal Maharaj, while interacting with the producer directors associated with the film industry in a program organized in Mumbai on Friday, said that many attractive facilities are being provided in Uttarakhand under the film policy. We are constantly working to facilitate and develop more and more infrastructure for the producers and directors aspiring to come for their film projects in our state.
Producer and directors associated with about 33 production houses were present today to meet the Tourism Minister and his team at the event organized in Mumbai. Which has famous production houses like Dharma Productions, Mahesh Kothare, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Balaji Telefilms, Bhansali Productions, Endemol Shine India, Jio Studios, Salman Khan Ventures, MX Player, Rajshree Productions. The objective of the meeting was to promote Uttarakhand as an ideal destination for film shooting. The Tourism Minister told during the meeting that Man Vs Wild was shot in Uttarakhand where Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was seen with Bear Grylls.
Tourism Minister Shri Satpal Maharaj said that Uttarakhand has always been included in attractive creative destinations due to beautiful mountains, rivers, beautiful views, architecture. Film stars are constantly turning to Uttarakhand to shoot in the panoramic and beautiful plains of the mountain. Our government is working relentlessly to make Uttarakhand the world’s favorite film destination. Maharaj told that in the past he has shot countless films including famous films Madhumati, Bheegi Raat, Kati Patang, Lakshya, Kedarnath, Student of the Year, Koi Mil Gaya, Lakshya, Dum Laga Ke Hai Sya, Batti Gul Meter Chalu.
The tourist places of Corbett National Park of Devbhoomi, Rishikesh, Ranikhet and Mussoorie are the center of attraction for shooting. Not only this, the interest of devotees is increasing in the pilgrimage sites like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand.
The Government of Uttarakhand is working on developing new places in Uttarakhand for tourism explorers and film fraternity. It is the constant endeavor of the Department of Tourism as a state to make the shooting experience in Uttarakhand a smooth and seamless process, and for the same they welcome suggestions and inputs from the film fraternity. The first film policy was made in 2015, followed by the revised film policy in 2019. In future also, necessary improvements will be made according to the suggestions of the people associated with the film sector.
Secretary Tourism Shri Dilip Jawalkar informed that there is immense potential for film shooting in Uttarakhand. We welcome producers and directors to shoot and shoot exclusively in offbeat destinations in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand has been attracting famous Bollywood filmmakers since the eighties nineties. The tourism and film industry, which had been derailed due to the Corona crisis, is slowly gaining momentum. On one hand the tourist places of Uttarakhand are buzzing with tourists, while filmmakers are also showing great interest to shoot here. Uttarakhand is becoming a new hub for film shooting. Continuing work is being done to make shooting easier in Uttarakhand by encouraging this growing interest of filmmakers in the location of the state. To provide a conducive environment for shooting in the location of Uttarakhand. At the same time, by renovating the ancient buildings, we are trying to open them for tourism.
On this occasion, Chairman of Film Producers Guild Nitin Ahuja, Additional Director of Tourism Department Vivek Chauhan, Senior Research Officer Surendra Singh Samant, Nodal Officer/Joint Director of Uttarakhand Film Development Council KS Chauhan, Actress Himani Shivpuri, Chitranshi Rawat, Roop Durgapal along with People associated with the film sector were present.