Uttar Pradesh is emerging as the new Bollywood destination as A-listers have opted to shoot their films in the state and the filmmakers are also busy exploring virgin locations. Officials say that the film-friendly policies and favourable conditions have evinced interest in shooting in the state.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is already shooting in the state capital for his upcoming movie, “Gulabo Sitabo”. Popular films like “Raid”, “Bareilly ki Barfi”, “Shaadi Mei Zaroor Aana” and “Toilet Ek Prem Katha” were also shot in Uttar Pradesh.
The much-loved films like “Mukti Bhawan”, “Masaan”, “Ranjhana”, “Laga Chunri Mein Daag” and “Bunty Aur Babli” were shot in Varanasi. Karan Johar’s most awaited film “Brahmastra” is also being shot in Varanasi.
According to Principal Secretary Information and Tourism, Avanish Awasthi, Uttar Pradesh provides most favourable conditions and resources for film production.
Lucknow,in particular has been a favourite for film makers. The state capital has plenty of ‘havelis’ and palatial bungalows that add to the charm of storytelling on screen and the new memorials and parks that have come up are also an attraction for film makers.
In several cases, the owners of these locations have not charged a penny for shooting. The only ‘charge’ is a photograph with the starts or an invitation to a meal.