With producer Rama Naidu already setting up a film studio in Vizag prior to division of the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Telugu Desam government is urging the most popular industry of the state to shift to Vizag from Hyderabad, which is part of Telangana now.
Ministers Ganta Srinviasa Rao and P Raghunath Reddy of Andhra Pradesh held a meeting with representatives of Telugu film industry last week to chalk out the strategy for the future Telugu film industry to come to Vizag, on the lines of its initial shift to Hyderabad from Chennai, which was the original home of Telugu film industry till the 1970s.
To develop as a film industry hub, Vizag needs to have studios and production staff, talented technicians, which means hundreds of acres of land. From visual point of view, Vizag has provided the sceneic beauty to many Telugu films in the past.
The representatives of AP Film Chamber of Commerce, AP Film Federation, producers, directors, writers, artists, technicians, and owners of cine studios were present during the meeting and listed their demands for a shift to Vizag.
The list includes tax incentives for both small and big films, formation of the AP Film Development Corporation, AP Film Commission, single window system for shooting permissions, especially at government parks, forests, schools or colleges, beaches, temples on the lines of Delhi and Bangalore.
The sought more land for Cinema Special Economic Zone, housign colonies for cinema technicians and workers. Among other suggestions they made include PPP-model to set up institutes for animation, gaming, computer graphics, studios and multiplexes in Vizag or Visakhapatnam in full.
Setting up of a film university and regular events like international film festivals are also sought by the Telugu film industry to shift base to Vizag. It may be recalled that in the early 1970s, Telugu film makers like Rama Naidu and heroes like NT Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and G. Krishna were given swathes of land to set up studios in Jubilee Hills, which has become the richest belt now in Hyderabad.