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A world-class film city is going to be established at Chilika

BHUBANESWAR:10/4/21: Odisha will soon have a state-of-art film city, a one-point destination for filmmakers, close to Chilika Lagoon. The project is the brainchild of Sujoy Mukherjee, son of yesteryear actor Joy Mukherjee. Conceived as a city away from the city, the film city will offer filmmakers from far and wide, the best of locations from around the world recreated for shooting purposes, studios for post-production works, a 100-celebrity residential arena, amusement park, golf course, horse racing, and virtual airports.

Spread over 650 acres in Khallikote, “bhumi pujan” ceremony of the film city is scheduled on April 16. The project has been conceptualized with the idea of drawing more and more filmmakers to work in one place from start to finish. Besides, the place will be a melting point of celebrities from all spheres, film stars to sports persona who will be provisioned with luxurious apartments to spend time. People visiting the place will have an opportunity to spend time with these celebrities. It will also be developed as a tourist destination.

Speaking exclusively to this news portal, the actor-entrepreneur Sujoy said, choosing Odisha came naturally to him and his friend Dr Vinit, a fitness expert, who is partnering in the endeavour, as the property was there and it needed to be put to proper use.“Odisha is a beautiful place and has most amicable people. This destination is pristine given its tourism potential. But we would need the support of the government to make it world-class,” said Sujoy, adding such places will be a boon for the entertainment industry, both film, television and web, in difficult times like Covid when restrictions keep projects held up for producers.

Planned to be a Rs 20,000 crore project, the film city plans to replicate the best locales from India and other countries including India Gate, Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower to Statue of Liberty spread throughout the landscape.“This place will not only be the first celebrity destination point and the best film city in  the country but also provide employment opportunities to people of the State leading to development of the area and increasing tourism potential,” Sujoy pointed out.

Sujoy and Vinit, who hails from Odisha, will be meeting the senior officers of the State government soon to chalk out the detailed modalities and seek help. A group of producers from Bollywood, in 2016, had turned up at the Make In Odisha Conclave to explore possibilities of setting up a film city in the State. The group comprising Mushtaq Nadiadwala and Ketan Desai had also held talks with the then tourism minister Ashok Chandra Panda and Secretary GK Dhal about the prospects of setting up the film city near Chilika lagoon

Speaking exclusively to this paper, the actor-entrepreneur Sujoy said, choosing Odisha came naturally to him and his friend Dr. Vinit, a fitness expert, who is partnering in the endeavor, as the property was there and it needed to be put to proper use.“Odisha is a beautiful place and has most amicable people. This destination is pristine given its tourism potential. But we would need the support of the government to make it world-class,” said Sujoy, adding such places will be a boon for the entertainment industry, both film, television, and web, in difficult times like Covid when restrictions keep projects held up for producers.

Planned to be a Rs 20,000 crore project, the film city plans to replicate the best locales from India and other countries including India Gate, Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower to Statue of Liberty spread throughout the landscape.“This place will not only be the first celebrity destination point and the best film city in the country but also provide employment opportunities to people of the State leading to the development of the area and increasing tourism potential,” Sujoy pointed out.

Sujoy and Vinit, who hails from Odisha, will be meeting the senior officers of the State government soon to chalk out the detailed modalities and seek help. A group of producers from Bollywood, in 2016, had turned up at the Make In Odisha Conclave to explore possibilities of setting up a film city in the State. The group comprising Mushtaq Nadiadwala and Ketan Desai had also held talks with the then tourism minister Ashok Chandra Panda and Secretary GK Dhal about the prospects of setting up the film city near Chilika lagoon.

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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