Response of 17 companies for the development of Chitranagari

|| Reshma Shivdekar

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Mumbai: Goregaon’s ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagari’ (Film City) series is in the process of being developed on the lines of ‘Universal’ in the US or ‘Pioneer’ in London by adding to the existing infrastructure for filming. For this, 17 companies have responded to the ‘Tender of Interest’ issued two months ago.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath had come to Mumbai and assured that footpaths would be set up in his state for film professionals in Mumbai. The Uttar Pradesh government has also initiated efforts to create an international standard cinema city in Noida.

There was a heated discussion about what the state government would do to sustain the Bollywood industry in Mumbai. Subsequently, the state government was working hard to sustain the industry by drawing up a plan for the development of Goregaon’s Chitranagari.

In the first phase, out of 221 acres, 23 acres will be developed. Manisha Verma, Executive Director, Maharashtra Film, Theater and Cultural Development Corporation, told Loksatta that 17 companies have shown interest in the project.

Although the development of Goregaon’s Chitranagari is in progress, its capacity to accommodate the entire entertainment industry scattered in and around Mumbai is limited. In 1977, the political leadership of the state at that time showed foresight and set up a picture city of Goregaon to build infrastructure for this industry. At present, out of the total revenue generated from the entertainment sector, Rs 40,000 crore comes from Mumbai. If this face of Mumbai is to be maintained, Kwal will not run away by developing the Chitranagari of Goregaon. Producer Nitin Vaidya said that Mumbai needs a ‘replica city’ to bring this scattered area under one umbrella to Mumbai and its environs.

What is it now? ही This Chitranagari was established in 1977 on 521 acres of land in Goregaon. Chitranagari is managed by the corporation. The place currently has 16 air-conditioned studios, 90 make-up rooms, 44 outdoor shooting venues, helipads, lakes, temples and more. Some space has been given to a private organization called Whistling Wood. The remaining 221 acres are planned to be developed in phases. The corporation had on June 28 invited tenders for the development of 23 acres of land in the first phase on public-private partnership (PPP) basis. After that, the tender process was extended for 15 days.

What will happen? अंतर्गत The museum will tell you the history of filmmaking, with all the pre- and post-production indoor and outdoor shooting locations, VFX, digital animation, sound mixing and more. About 32 studios will be located here. In short, there will be no need to go outside Mumbai or abroad to shoot any film or series.

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