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South Indian Films To Receive Subsidy For Shooting In Madhya Pradesh

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The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has announced that filmmakers will be granted a subsidy of up to Rs. 2 crores if their films are shot in the state. In addition, South Indian filmmakers will be given an extra 10% subsidy from the government. This is part of the state’s ‘Film Tourism Policy 2020’.

A statement from the government said how much of grant filmmakers receive will depend on the number of films shot. It read, “The government will give as a grant 25% of the expenditure on the movie or Rs 1 crore, whichever is less, to a filmmaker on the shooting of his first movie done on at least 50% of the shooting days in the state. The grant for the second movie of the filmmaker will be 25% of the cost or Rs 1.25 crore, whichever is less. The grant for the third and subsequent movies will go up with 75% of the cost or Rs 1.50 crore, whichever is less. A feature film that showcases Madhya Pradesh prominently and is shot in the state for 75% of the shooting days will get an additional grant of Rs 50 lakh. A filmmaker whose film is based on Madhya Pradesh will get 50% of the film cost or Rs 5 crore, whichever is less, as a special grant. The grant will be decided by a film facilitation centre.”

Various Bollywood films from Dilip Kumar’s Aan (1952) to recent films like Padman, Stree, and Sui Dhaaga have been shot in the state. Forts, palaces, gardens, roads, and malls in places like Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Orccha and Khajuraho are some of its famous locations.

“Bhopal is the best place in the country for the shooting of Hindi movies, the atmosphere, scenic beauty blended with chummy Hindi speaking people makes it most suitable for film making, I am in so much love with the Bhopal that may go native of it, as far as shooting of films is concerned I will continue to shoot films here,” said producer Prakash Jha, as part of the promotions. Actor Ajay Devgn said, “No doubt Bhopal is the best place to shoot for a film, the cooperation of the administration and the people we get here is not seen anywhere else. The city is very beautiful that provides an enormous atmosphere to shoot.”

“It is not that because I am the son in law of the city, but I like the city and the people very much,” said actor Amitabh Bachchan.

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