SUNDAY 30 AUGUST 2020 | HYDERABAD | PAGES 8 GET SET FOR VISUAL FEAST Scenic beauty of State to burst forth in films GOVT INVOLVING FILM FRATERNITY TO SHOW BEAUTIFUL AND BEST ASPECTS OF TS TO THE WORLD T P VENU Hyderabad: If a ﬁlmmaker wants to shoot a scene at a riverbed in Telugu states, he mostly ends up on the banks of River Godavari. This was and still is the case for a majority of ﬁlmmakers in Telangana. Veteran director late Dasari Narayana Rao was probably one of the ﬁrst directors who shot scenes in Aziznagar near Gandipet in the city. It is said that it was a case of serendipity as he discovered greenery there and felt there was no need to travel all the way to the famed riverbeds of Krishna and Godavari. That was a one-off case, though. By and large, a majority of ﬁlms continue to be shot in Andhra Pradesh. All this may begin to change soon. Soon, your favourite stars may set your hearts aﬂutter, by breaking into song and dance in pristine locales in the State. Filmmakers are getting to know picturesque and gorgeous settings that the state abounds in. Add to it, the rich and diverse art and culture of state will amp up the cine goers and evoke wonder in their hearts. For, Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation (TSTDC) is soon introducing a singlewindow policy for shooting ﬁlms in tourist spots that make viwers fall in love with their splendid sights and sounds. Telangana was always known to have a rustic charm with boulders dotting hills, by large a rocky terrain, but there are several places with verdant countryside, waterfalls, gorges, forests and forts lying in obscurity. The Kuntala waterfall in Adilabad, for instance, is famous but few know that there are six more waterfalls there, yet to catch eyeballs, says B Manohar, managing director, TSTDC. For the ﬁrst time, the Telangana government is developing cottages and facilitating access to places hitherto hidden in obscurity. (See box) Soon after the formation of Telangana state, the KCR government has announced the setting up of a Cinema City at Rachakonda in 2,000 acres but there has been no progress on this front. Will the latest announcement by Tourism and Culture Minister V Srinivas Goud be implemented? We asked producer Tammareddy Bharadwaj who attended a meeting with the minister last week. “On all previous occasions, the Telangana government did not involve the ﬁlm fraternity. I am hopeful this time around and feel the government is keen.” Historically, ﬁlmmakers shot ﬁlms in Vishakhapatnam, East and West Godavari as most were from the region. Syed Raﬁ of ‘Inkennallu’ fame says, “It Telangana government is about to embark on a long-awaited renaissance and pave for rediscovery of state in all its splendour. Verdant countryside, waterfalls, gorges, forests and forts etc., hitherto unexplored, will be seen. State Tourism Development Corporation is soon introducing a single-window policy for shooting ﬁlms. Tourism and Culture Minister V Srinivas Goud asserts there are close to 60 locations favourable for ﬁlm shootings in TS was natural for ﬁlmmakers to shoot there as a majority hailed from those districts and knew the region well. There are several places in Telangana that are as good and even better that lie unexplored.” A senior official of the tourism department says, “The Bogatha waterfall is a classic example of a place that came to limelight recently.” Welcoming the decision by the government, producer Suresh Babu said, “It is a good initiative and would give a ﬁllip to ﬁlmmakers.” Small budget ﬁlmmakers would be beneﬁted a great deal, says Tammareddy Bharadwaj. One would not have to run around for permissions from multiple government agencies and if access to some remote tourist destinations are provided, it would make a huge difference. He also says a team of producers, directors and technicians, accompanied by tourism department officials, will be visiting new locations soon. Syed Raﬁ says, “Initially, the government should facilitate the shoots for free and make it mandatory for ﬁlmmakers to include the name of locations in the titles. It would be a win-win situation.” Among the several areas that were hidden but are now gaining prominence is Egalapenta on the bank of River Krishna. The Tourism department has developed 20 cottages. In Vikarabad, Adilabad, Nirmal and Warangal, accommodation is available and can house teams for ﬁlm shoots, says a sen- ICONIC LOCALES l Egalapenta- 20 cottages, close to the Srisailam dam l Mannanur- 20 cottages l KCR Park- 2,000 acres’ eco- tourism park l Somasila-14 cottages l Singotam, 15 km from Kollapur- 6 cottages with boating facility WELCOME MOVE BY GOVT l Jannaram- jungle safari and cottages l Ferry service between Somasila and Srisailam l Laknavaram, Sammakka Sar- alamma temple and the command area of Kaleshwaram project l Farhabad forest, Vikarabad, Mallela Teertham and Akkamahadevi caves ior official of the tourism department. KCR Eco Park in Mahbubnagar, Somasila near Srisailam, Farhabad are a few places that ﬁlmmakers are evincing It is a good initiative and would give a fillip to filmmakers – Suresh Babu, film producer Initially, the government should facilitate the shoots for free and make it mandatory for filmmakers to include the name of locations in the titles. It would be a win-win situation – Syed Rafi, filmmaker of ‘Inkennalu’ fame interest in for ﬁlm shoots. Minister Srinivas Goud asserts that there are close to 60 locations favourable for ﬁlm shootings. The ferry service and cot- On all previous occasions, the Telangana government did not involve the film fraternity. I am hopeful this time around and feel the government is keen – Tammareddy Bharadwaj, film producer tages in Somasila and Kollapur, say officials are a major hit and eco-friendly cottages against verdant landscape is perfect for shoots.
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