The tourism department has sent a proposal to the chief executive of the Gorakhpur Industrial Development Authority (GIDA) to allocate 110 acres of land for setting up a film city for Bhojpuri movies near Sahjanwa town in the district.
Deputy director (tourism), PK Singh, said the department had demanded 50 acres of land for the film city and another 60 acres for establishing a film training institute and a visual communication centre. He further said the department stepped up its efforts in this regard after director general (tourism), AK Awasthi, evinced interest in the project.
Earlier to it, joint magistrate Naveen Kumar GS had sent a proposal to the tourism and cultural department of Uttar Pradesh for establishing a Bhojpuri film city in Gorakhpur. He had also expressed hope that the setting up of the Bhojpuri film city here would check migration of rural youths in the district. The joint magistrate had also opined that the establishment of the film city would provide many opportunities to the rural youth.
Accepting the proposal, director general (tourism) AK Awasthi directed his subordinate officials to ensure land for the proposed film city.
It is stated in the proposal that nearly 15 crore people in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar speak Bhojpuri.
It also says that the region is best suited for the shooting of Bhojpuri movies.
Successful track record of Bhojpuri movies from the year 1961 to 2004 has also been mentioned in the proposal. It also says that the British government is also providing substantial support to shooting of Bhojpuri movies in London.
Deputy director (tourism) PK Singh also said that in view of the increasing popularity of Bhojpuri language and movies in the region, it was the time when a Bhojpuri film city should come up in Gorakhpur.
Singh was hopeful that setting up of the film city would promote tourism in the region and investment in various industries.