Guwahati: Assam, which is known for its wildlife, archeological sites, and tea plantations, has become the latest attraction for Bollywood these days.
Though earlier, several Bollywood stars including Amir Khan had traveled to the state for mostly personal reasons, India’s biggest movie industry has now chosen the scenic locations of the state for shootings of various films.
Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor on Thursday arrived in Assam’s Tezpur for the shooting of her upcoming action thriller Fighter. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Hrithik Roshan, director Siddharth Anand, along with his crew already arrived at a military air base in Tezpur.
According to sources, the movie will be shot on a state-of-the-art Sukhoi 30 fighter jet. The shooting of the movie will start on November 18.
A video has been doing the rounds on the internet in which Hrithik’s fans can be heard cheering for the actor as they spot him strolling in Assam. Hrithik became extremely happy on seeing his fans and asked them to “wish him luck” for the shoot.
On the other hand, actor Kangana Ranaut has started her schedule of shooting for the upcoming film “Emergency” in Assam on Wednesday. The actor had recently visited different locations in Assam before starting the shoot recently. The actor took to her Instagram and wrote, “Ok, let’s do this. Commencing Assam schedule… #Emergency”. The film will be based on the real Emergency in India back in 1975, where the actress will be essaying the character of then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.
Thanks to the state’s latest tourism policy adopted in 2017 which kept special offers to filmmakers to shoot in the state. Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who was the tourism minister then said that as per the new policy films will qualify for this subsidy if they are in Hindi, English, or any foreign language and the film’s producers should have a minimum experience of having made five feature films.
“If the entire film shooting is done in Assam, the government will provide 25% of the expenditure. An additional 10% rebate will be made available if the story is based in Assam. Also, there is a provision of providing another 10% rebate on qualified production expenditure for shooting more than 50% of the entire film in Assam,” Sarma had said while releasing the policy which came into force on January 1, 2018.
The promotion of film tourism was one of the thrust areas of the policy. The minister had earlier announced a single window clearance system for filmmakers and producers for facilitating shooting in the state.
Besides shooting, several other Bollywood actors were also found to be present in the state this week for various reasons.
On Wednesday, Shakti Kapoor, who has been one of Bollywood’s favourite villains over the years, landed at Guwahati’s Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LGBIA). The actor attended the celebration of Karbi Anglong Day on Thursday.
In addition, veteran actors Hema Malini and Asrani also visited to attend the Raas festivities in the Nalbari district on Monday and Tuesday.