To promote the city as a shooting destination for filmmakers, the UT administration has decided to make all facilities provided by its Bollywood Facilitation Centre online.
Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation (CITCO) managing director Tanvi Garg said the online facility will enable film and TV serial-makers to apply for required permissions for shooting at locations in the city, and police security for actors and crew members.
National Informatics Centre (NIC) has been asked to develop the software, which is expected to be made available shortly. Set up in 2004, the centre at present has a single window where filmmakers apply for permissions.
The centre has also helped filmmakers in zeroing in on shooting locations, both indoor and outdoor. Besides, it assisted them in stay, transport, getting local actors, equipment and other arrangements.
Tanvi Garg said the city had become popular among filmmakers. Last year, celebrated filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow had shot parts of her blockbuster movie ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ in the city and all the required formalities were taken care by the Bollywood Facilitation Centre. “More filmmakers frequenting would means rise in the popularity of city as a tourist destination,” Garg said.
Before the centre was set up in 2004, filmmakers had to make their own arrangements and were required to take all permissions from different departments, including the police. The authorities have also decided not to shift the centre from the UT guest house to another location in the city, which was the plan earlier. “We don’t want to disturb the functioning of the centre by relocating it to some other place,” Garg said.
Bollywood Facilitation Centre
Set up in 2004, Bollywood Facilitation Centre makes it easier for filmmakers to apply for permissions required for shooting a movie or serial in the city.
The centre, located at the UT guest house, acts as a single window and also helps filmmakers scout for locations, local actors and arrange equipment.
It took care of the arrangements for the shooting of blockbuster Hollywood movie ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ by filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow.
Shot in the city
Chandigarh has gained popularity as a shooting destination among filmmakers in the recent past. Among the most recent movies shot in the city and its periphery is the yet-to-be-released Santa-Banta, starring Boman Irani, Vir Das and Neha Dhupia. Pats of upcoming movie Besharam, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Pallavi Sharda, has also been shot in the city. Here are some other names:
1) Ramaiya Vastavaiya
2) Special 26
3) Bhaag Milha Bhaag
4) Son of Sardar
7) Mere Dad Ki Maruti
9) Zero Dark Thirty
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