NCR helps railways earn extra bucks through film, serial shootings

From Indian and foreign web series to Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films, TV serials and Hollywood movies are being shot at railway stations, train coaches, locomotives under NCR which has helped it earn 29.31 lakh last financial year
Shooting of French film “The Braid” underway at an NCR railway station. (File photo courtesy: NCR)
Shooting of French film “The Braid” underway at an NCR railway station. (File photo courtesy: NCR)
Published on Apr 28, 2022 10:09 PM IST
Copy Link
By, Prayagraj

Picturesque locations along with best, safe and economical shooting venues for big and small screen productions have helped North Central Railway (NCR) earn extra revenue for the railways.

Apart from Hollywood movies, Indian and foreign web series to Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films as well as TV serials are being shot at railway stations, train coaches, locomotives and other railway locations under NCR which has helped it earn 29.31 lakh last financial year from such shootings.

Even in 2018-19 before the pandemic, NCR had earned around 7.78 lakh from shootings at its locations. It is a clear indication that Hollywood and Bollywood are both increasingly preferring railways for their creative productions, said NCR officials.

The shooting of the French feature film “The Braid”, which took place in NCR, is among the most notable.

French producer of the film liked the location of Chunar railway station and nearby areas so much that she booked a train of five coaches from Prayagraj division of NCR and shot the movie in March 2022.

After this, the film unit proceeded to locations in Italy and Canada to shoot the rest of the film. NCR earned over 13.40 lakh as charges for the special train and over 1.29 lakh as license fee from the production.

Apart from this, the web series “Bouncer” was also shot at Fatehabad station and at the Yamuna Bridge Goods yard in December 2021. The NCR received around 5.64 lakh as special train charge and another over 1.23 lakh as license fee.

The shooting of Telugu film ‘Ahinsa’ at Chhatarpur station in November 2021 further earned NCR over 5.59 lakh in special train charge and over 1.82 lakh as license fee.

There was a lot of shooting of TV serial “Mithai” at Govardhan, Mathura in February 2022. The fee for the shooting of the serial amounting to 29,500 added to the earnings further.

“There are many beautiful locations under North Central Railway where film and TV serial shootings can be done. We are moving in this direction and encouraging filmmakers to shoot. We are also in touch with other zonal railways like Central Railway, Western Railway and Southern Railway etc where film shootings happen more frequently,” said Shivam Sharma, chief public relations officer (CPRO) of NCR.

He said single window system has been adopted by NCR for the benefit of the film and serious production houses.

The producer concerned has to submit his/her proposal to the CPRO office. Shooting is allowed after ensuring all necessary clearances such as security clearance, operational feasibility report, availability of rolling stock, required documents and depositing of the safety deposit and the requisite license fee.

“We also tie up with local police too for ensuring safety. The script is thoroughly evaluated to ensure that it does not give any misleading information to public or projects Railways in a bad light. Operational feasibility is important. Shooting permission is given only after ensuring that regular train operation is not affected,” he added.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    K Sandeep Kumar is a Special Correspondent of Hindustan Times heading the Allahabad Bureau. He has spent over 16 years reporting extensively in Uttar Pradesh, especially Allahabad and Lucknow. He covers politics, science and technology, higher education, medical and health and defence matters. He also writes on development issues.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • HT Image

    Delhi reports 874 Covid cases, positivity rate at 5.18%

    Delhi reported 874 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, up from 628 infections recorded on Monday, showed data released by the state government. According to the Delhi government's daily bulletin, 16,866 tests were conducted on Tuesday as compared to 7,793 on Monday, leading to a decline in positivity rate from 8.06% to 5.18%. On Monday, three people died of Covid, and on Saturday, the government recorded six deaths.

  • HT Image

    Alert sounded in Delhi after Udaipur killing

    The Delhi Police on Tuesday sounded an alert and increased the number of personnel stationed across Delhi, especially in areas populated by both Hindus and Muslims, in the wake of two men killing a tailor in Rajasthan's Udaipur over his social media post supporting suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma. A few policemen and a resident were injured during the clashes, and several properties were damaged.

  • HT Image

    Delhi airport begins full-body scanner trials at T-2

    Officials of Indira Gandhi International Airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited said they began trials of a full-body scanner at Teminal 2 from Tuesday in line with directives issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. Each scanner is expected cost around 4 crore, including annual maintenance, the official said. By using these body scanners, officials said they can reduce the number of random pat-downs and strip searches, thereby speeding up security checks.

  • HT Image

    Delhi scholars call for calm over Udaipur killing

    Eminent citizens and scholars on Tuesday condemned the murder of a Hindu tailor by two Muslim men in Rajasthan's Udaipur, and appealed to everyone to maintain calm even as the tourist city remained tense after protests in the wake of the hate crime. The two killers, Mohammad Riyaz Akhtari and Ghous Mohammad, hacked Kanhaiya Lal, 47, to death, capturing the act on their phones, and later issuing a threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • HT Image

    From uneasy to unbearable: Delhi heat at dangerous levels

    It was another unbearably hot and humid day in the capital, with Delhi's heat index or the 'real feel' of temperature on Tuesday being recorded at 53 degrees as high humidity levels combined with maximum temperature of 40-44 degrees across the city worsened the sultry conditions prevailing in the Capital. The wet-bulb temperature in Delhi also rose to 33.7 degrees, the highest so far this year, after hitting 32.11 degrees on Monday.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, June 28, 2022