Madhur Bhandarkar meets UP CM Yogi Adityanath, discusses new film city
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar met Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Sunday morning.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced to set up the country’s “biggest” film city in the state’s Gautam Buddh Nagar, officials said.
“The CM, while addressing a review meeting, announced to set up the biggest and most beautiful film city of the country in Gautam Buddh Nagar. He instructed officials to search for a suitable land in or around Noida, Greater Noida or Yamuna Expressway and prepare an action plan,” an official statement said.
Today, Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar met CM Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow. The meeting took place at around 10 am and the discussions centred on the CM’s announcement on Friday about the country’s “biggest and most beautiful film city” to be set up in UP’s Gautam Budh Nagar district.
CM Yogi Adityanath:
The CM gifted Bhandarkar a coin with Lord Ram’s inscription on it; a copy of the RamCharitmanas, an epic poem in the Awadhi language. In addition, that was composed by the 16th-century bhakti poet Goswami Tulsidas. Garland made of basil leaves and a coffee table book on the Kumbh Mela that was held at Prayagraj last year, said the people familiar with the matter.
Some ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders said the meeting assumed significance in the backdrop of the film city announcement.
Soon after, Manikarnika actress Kangana Ranaut applauded Yogi Adityanath of starting the biggest film city in Noida.
Taking to Twitter, Kangana wrote, “I applaud this announcement by @myogiadityanath ji. We need many reforms in the film industry first of all we need one big film industry called Indian film industry we are divided based on many factors, Hollywood films get advantage of this. One industry but many Film Cities …”
Dr Chandramohan, secretary of the BJP’s UP unit, said that the proposed film city would generate revenue. Also, create jobs and also help showcase the state’s rich heritage.
“There are vast untapped spots in UP that have pristine natural beauty. Though the project (film city) has been talked about for long, now it has got the much-needed push,” he said.
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