ETW STAFF – New Delhi
Union tourism minister K Chiranjeevi had recently stated at the Cannes International Film Festival that India is a complete film making destination. “We try constantly for creating new opportunities for international filmmakers, to access diverse Indian locations, and state of the art production and post-production facilities”. He said India offers range of locations from magnificent Himalayas to sprawling beaches; from vast deserts to placid lakes and back waters; from legendary forts to world heritage sites.
Referring to the single window clearance system, to facilitate film shooting and making in India the minister said that the ministries of information and broadcasting and tourism, will work in tandem in simplifying the procedures and fast tracking multiple clearances that are required for shooting. He said, “Our endeavour is to offer the film makers best of the facilities. I take this opportunity to invite every director, every producer and every actor to India. I promise, you will find the location and facility what you are seeking in our beautiful country.”
Chiranjeevi referred to the Indo- French co production film ‘The Lunch Box’ which was screened in Cannes 2013 as part of the Critics’ week and expressed the hope that many foreign film makers will come forward for joint film production with their counterparts in India.
The minister also had detailed discussions with Aureli Fillipeti, minister for culture, France, Gilles Jacob, president, Cannes Film Festival and Aung Li, director of the film ‘Life of Pi’.