Yogi allays fears on Movie Metropolis impacting Mumbai movie business

Mumbai, December 2

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the northern state is not desirous of taking away the film business out of Mumbai.

However, it is an open competition and the one who gives the right atmosphere and security in which talent can work will get the investments, he told reporters here.

Ahead of his visit to the financial capital, ruling Congress in Maharashtra had alleged a conspiracy to snatch away the city’s film city to UP, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had vowed not to allow anybody to “forcibly” take away businesses.

“We are not snatching or hindering anyone’s investments,” Adityanath said.

“No one can take anything along. It is not like a purse which gets taken away. This is an open competition. One who can give a safe atmosphere, better facilities—and especially social security—in which one can work without discrimination will get investments, he added.

Responding to Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s assertion that replicating the film city in other city is a tall task, Adityanath said, “we’ve not come here to take away anything.”

“We are creating something new. Why are you getting concerned? We are giving a new world-class infrastructure to all. Hence, everybody will have to grow up, widen his thinking and better facilities will have to be given. One who is able to do that will get the people, he added.

Adityanath said he met experts from Bollywood, including directors, producers and actors to seek their suggestions for the upcoming film city in Noida which will be spread across 1,000 acres.

He added that it is not a ‘pick and choose’ approach which has been adopted by his government and added that specific sectoral policies have been created with long term view in mind and such meetings help them improvise on the same.

Adityanath met Bollywood personalities, including Akshay Kumar, Boney Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Manmohan Shetty and Anand Pandit over the last two days as part of his visit to the financial capital.

The UP CM said the Noida film city will be located six km away from the upcoming international airport at Jewar and added this will be well-connected with Delhi, Agra and Mathura.

Earlier in the day, Raut said it is not easy to shift Mumbai’s Film City elsewhere even though attempts have been made for it.

“What is the status of Noida Film City now? Can you create Mumbai’s Film City in Lucknow and Patna?” Raut had said while speaking to reporters.

“Earlier, attempts were made. It is difficult to replicate Mumbai’s film industry elsewhere. Mumbai has a glorious film history and past,” Raut said.

Ahead of his Uttar Pradesh counterpart’s visit to the financial capital, Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday warned he will not let anybody “forcibly” take businesses away from the state, adding Maharashtra is not “jealous” about someone’s progress if it happens on the back of fair competition.

Of the many centres of film production across the country, Mumbai, host to the Hindi and Marathi film industry, is the largest.

Bollywood, as the industry is called, delivers a high amount of jobs and revenues and is a key component of Mumbai’s soft power. — PTI

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