Ranchi: Veteran bollywood actor and chairman of the Jharkhand Film Development Corporation Anupam Kher today said that the film policy of the state government was being lauded by all and its benefits are being enjoyed by the artists and movie makers.
Addressing a press conference at the Suchana Bhawan here, he said in the days to come, Jharkhand would be on the likes of Mumbai for film making and after the formation of the film corporation, many filmmakers want to shoot their movies here and even the state government was extending its help to them.
Kher said his latest flick Ranchi Diaries was completely based on Ranchi and 12 artists in the film are from Mumbai while 80 per cent artists are from Jharkhand itself. The film has been built at a cost of Rs 8 crore and combing the promotion cost Rs 11 to 12 crore total would be spent, he said adding that the Jharkhand government has given a subsidy of Rs 1.75 crore for the film.
Kher said that the movie is the story of youth of Ranchi who want to fulfill their dreams and the movie is the story of their struggle. He said lead pair of the movie is Saundarya Sharma and Himanshu and this was the debut movie for Saundarya.
The veteran actor said the director of the movie Satvik Mohanty initially did not find producers for his movie but after he got interested in the movie after listening the story. He said the movie has been shot for 40 days in separate locations of Ranchi and would be released on 500 screens across the nation on October 13.
Kher said Jharkhand needed a film city so the film makers can come here and shoot. He said the Chief Minister has assured that the movie would be made tax free in the state and he has also urged him to make arrangements for direct flight between Ranchi and Mumbai so the artists and film producers can easily come here and shoot their films.
To a query, he said over three decades in Bollywood he has worked in about 508 movies and now he wanted to give something back to the industry therefore he was promoting new talent. He said that the definition of claiming a film hit or flop has now changed and it was all about business. The actor lamented about the less number of cinema halls in the country.