Bid to promote Bihar as film destination

A delegation from Bihar met film Producers and Directors in Mumbai at a press meet organized by IFTDA (Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association) in a bid to promote the state as a potential destination for film shoots and to give regional cinema and local talent a boost.The government’s representatives present were Shiv Chandra Ram, Minister of Art and Culture, Shri Chaitanya Prasad, Principal secretary to Minister, Art and Culture department, Shri Ganga Kumar, Managing Director, Bihar State Film Development & Finance Corporation, Shri Vinay kumar, Principal Secretary to Minister, Art & Culture, Shishir Sinha, Development commissioner and Vinod Anupam, renowned Film Critic.

“It appeared best that the people who will work together meet face-to-face to discuss the hurdles and the possibilities”, said Shri Ganga Kumar.

“The plan is not only to give rebate but to ensure an environment to promote films and industrial growth. We are also planning to do at least five festivals related to films in Bihar”, he added.
While few filmmakers spoke about how local films will have to be made well and promoted to create a global platform for them, filmmaker Sudhir Mishra pointed that Freedom to make films, Security, Tax benefits and single window clearance is what they would be looking at while planning to shoot films in Bihar.He also said that people at lower level would have to be sensitized to create a positive environment for filmmakers to go and shoot their films in Bihar.

Arts and culture Minister, Shri Shiv Chandra Ram said that filmmakers from many countries like Philippines and Pakistan have come to Bihar to explore possibilities to shoot their films and they have all been given a warm welcome. We will ensure we take all the steps in right direction to put Bihar on global map.Priyanka Chopra is producing a Bhojpuri film and her team has already got in touch with us. We will see to it that they go back with a nice experience from our state and that will encourage more filmmakers to associate with Bihar. He concluded.

Ashoke Pandit promised that a team of dedicated members will facilitate a meeting between the delegation and filmmakers in Mumbai for working on these policies to make Bihar a more viable place for filmmakers not only for shooting purposes but also for various cultural exchange programmes.