Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday held a round table meeting with top representatives of media and the entertainment industry from the country that included eminent producers and directors from Bollywood to promote Arunachal as prominent destination for film, television and media.
Speaking during the event ‘Lights Camera Arunachal’, organized in Mumbai, Khandu said Arunachal has everything to offer for filmmaking, an official communique informed here on Friday.
He said the State is gifted with beautiful landscape, beautiful river streams, snow-capped peaks, diverse colourful tribes and hospitable people assuring great filming delight. He said the State Government will extend full cooperation in terms of logistics, transportation and in meeting any needs of the filmmakers during the course of their filming. He also said the Chief Minister’s Office will be directly in touch with the filmmakers as ‘single point of contact’ to address any of their grievances or issues.
Khandu said the purpose of the meeting is to understand the need of the filmmakers and offer tailor-made solution. He said to promote Arunachal Pradesh as a film destination, a film policy for creating a conducive atmosphere for film production is in the pipeline.
He said Bollywood films like the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Koyla and Rangoon, which stars Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut were shot in Arunachal. He also said a national institute of repute – the Film and Television Institute of India is also coming up that would provide local skilled manpower to supplement the needs of the filmmakers.
Offering a win-win situation, the Chief Minister said availability of local manpower would cut down the cost of filmmaking and also offer employment opportunities to local people. Stating that State offers congenial and safe atmosphere for filming, Khandu welcomed the media and film representatives to visit Arunachal first and see for them to assess the feasibility of filming, the communique added.