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Film City wants Whistling Woods land for Bollywood museum

All set to get its land back from film-maker Subhash Ghai’s training institute Whistling Woods International, Film City wants it to be used for building the proposed Bollywood museum that will showcase the history of Indian cinema.

mumbai Updated: Apr 07, 2012 01:25 IST
Dharmendra Jore

All set to get its land back from film-maker Subhash Ghai’s training institute Whistling Woods International, Film City wants it to be used for building the proposed Bollywood museum that will showcase the history of Indian cinema.

Following the Supreme Court’s directive, the Maharashtra Film, Theatre and Cultural Corporation — which runs the Film City in Goregaon — has started the procedure of recovering 12.5 acres of land from the institute.

The remaining 5.5 acres, on which the institute has been constructed, could be retained by the school till May 2014.

The Film City provides indoor and outdoor shooting facilities, editing and recording rooms, and locations dotted with fountains, gardens, lakes, lakes, helipads and buildings for making films, on rent.

Shyam Tagde, head, Film City, said that he would suggest the government to use the recovered land to materialise the culture department’s ambitious plan of setting up a Bollywood museum in Goregaon (East). “The project report of the museum is almost ready. If approved by the government, the plan on using the land could be envisaged,” he said.

The museum will act as an added attraction for tourists and help the government generate revenue.

However, the plan of getting the land for museum may go haywire if the government decides to lease out the recovered land.

The Supreme Court had suggested that the government could lease out the land by inviting bids at market rates.

The apex court had also asked Subhash Ghai, who had set up the institute, to participate in the bidding.

Culture minister Sanjay Deotale said that the government has not taken any decision yet.