Hyderabad: Giving a new boost to the film industry, the Cinema City of Hyderabad will be set up on 1,500-2,000 acres by the State Government with international standards on the outskirts of Hyderabad. In this regard, CM KCR made an announcement and instructed officials to send a delegation to visit the Cinema City in Bulgaria, comprising government officials and representatives of the film industry, to prepare the necessary proposals for the establishment of a new film city. A discussion on the development of the film industry and its expansion in Telangana took place during a discussion with the actors Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday. In response to their requests, the Chief Minister noted that there were ample opportunities for the development and expansion of the state's film industry. He said that Hyderabad was a cosmopolitan city with people settling down here from different parts of the world and different mother tongues. He said that the city has the ability to offer anybody shelter.
"For film shootings and all other film making events to take place comfortably, wonderful facilities can be built here. The State Government has the idea of establishing a world-class Hyderabad Cinema City, for which 1,500-2,000 acres will be acquired by the government. Land will be allocated to film production companies to set up studios that meet future needs with state-of-the-art technologies," KCR said. He assured them that the necessary infrastructure, including an airstrip, would be provided by the state government for the proposed film town. The meeting was attended by Minister of Roads and Buildings Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Vice-Chairman of the Telangana State Planning Board B Vinod Kumar, Rajya Sabha Member J Santosh Kumar, Chief Government Advisor Rajiv Sharma, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Principal Secretaries S Narsing Rao, Ramakrishna Rao, V Seshadri and others.
There are about ten lakh individuals in Telangana state who are either directly or indirectly dependent on the film industry. These workers have lost their livelihood due to the cancellation of shootings and closure of theatres following the Covid-19 pandemic. The TS CM therefore said that the industry should now see that the theatres are re-opened and that shootings are resumed in compliance with health protocols. KCR was assured by Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna that they would do so. Actors Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna handed cheques for Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh respectively to the Relief Fund of the Chief Minister to support the State Government's rehabilitation measures for victims of recent rains and floods. On behalf of My Home Group, Director Ram handed over the Rs 5 crore cheque to TS CM at Pragathi Bhavan.