By- Rimjhim Singh
With Yogi eyeing Film City in UP, Mumbai politicians asks him to stop dreaming
New Delhi, Dec 3: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on September 18, announced to set up country’s “biggest and the most beautiful” film city in Gautam Budh Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh. The ‘Film City’, spread across thousand acres, seeks to match Mumbai.
“This film city will not only provide better opportunities to film-makers but also job opportunities to the youths from the state. All the efforts will be to make the Film City as the best Dedicated Infotainment Zone of the country,” the CM said.
He said that the Film City will include world-class civil, public and technological facilities to attract filmmakers, producers, actors and investors.
Adityanath, on Tuesday, flew to Mumbai to potential investors and Bollywood celebrities including Anupam Kher, Udit Narayan, Satish Kaushik, Kailash Kher, Anup Jalota and Raju Srivastava to discuss the project.
Singer @RealUditNarayan sings a song in praise of @myogiadityanath during the meeting of setting up a film city chaired by the UP CM today in Lucknow.
Video source: An officer who was present in the meeting pic.twitter.com/uhX4vUi4Le
— Saurabh Sharma (@Saurabhsherry) September 22, 2020
The CM met Bollywood actor Akshay on Tuesday at Mumbai’s Trident Hotel to discuss the developments of the Film City. The CM arrived in Mumbai to launch the Rs 200 crore Lucknow Municipal bond at the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Kangana Ranaut welcomed the announcement of setting up the new film city near Noida. She said that the Prime Minister’s Office should try to bring many such industries together who have individual identities to make it into a huge collective Indian film industry.
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— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 19, 2020
The announcement of the Film City attracted criticism from various states. Congress has alleged that is BJP’s conspiracy to take Bollywood away from Mumbai. It added that there is a possibility of threats to industrialists and film producers if they shift their base to Uttar Pradesh.
Sachin Sawant, Maharashtra Congress’s general secretary said that BJP is trying to snatch the charm of Mumbai away.
“Yogiji is meeting industrialists and producers in Mumbai for investment in UP. The BJP has been trying to create fear in Bollywood by using central investigating agencies like NCB. CM Yogi has been on the forefront to defame Maharashtra with the help of the Central government. This is a systematic attempt of reducing the importance of Mumbai, the financial capital of the country. The Thackeray government should take steps to protect the Bollywood from the conspiracy.”
Sanjay Raut, a Shiv Sena leader, on Wednesday, took a jibe at Yogi Adityanath saying it is not easy to shift Mumbai’s film industry to another place’. Blaming the UP CM for meeting filmmakers during his visit Mumbai, Raut challenged Yogi Adityanath to go to other regional film industries and interact with artists there. He added that Mumbai does not need his inputs and interruptions.
Written by – Rimjhim Singh
With inputs from ANI, The Indian Express