Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao announced on Saturday that a film city of international standards would be set up on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The government would acquire 1,500 to 2,000 acres of land for the film city.
The Chief Minister also said that cinema theatres can reopen now that the unlock process has begun. He was interacting with film actors Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna who met him to hand over cheques of Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh respectively for flood-relief operations.
Chandrashekar Rao said a delegation of officials and film personalities would visit Bulgaria and study the facilities offered by the renowed Nu Boyana Film Studios. The delegation would then prepare plans for the film city of Hyderabad.
The CM said about 10 lakh people were directly or indirectly dependent on the film industry in the state. Due to the cancellation of shootings and closure of theatres, they had lost their means of livelihood.
He noted that the recovery rate of Coronavirus cases in the state is at 91.88 per cent and said film-related activity could resume.
With regard to the film city, he said that plots would be allocated to film production companies to set up studios with state-of-the-art technologies. A provision will be created at the film city for an airstrip and for other facilities.
Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna told the CM that shootings had resumed following permissions given by the government and theatres would be open shortly....