Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Tourism Minister to Meet Bollywood Producers to Attract Hindi Films’ Shooting
MALDA, 14 MARCH: With an eye to attracting the film producers of ‘Bollywood’ in conducting shooting of Hindi and other films at different tourist locations of the state, tourism minister Krishnendu Choudhury today left for Mumbai. He would attend a meeting tomorrow with the eminent film producers of Mumbai tomorrow.
Mr Choudhury divulged his plan to promote the tourism in the state and said it was his plan to project the tourist destinations of West Bengal at the National and International level. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised to project Digha and Darjeeling like Goa and Switzerland respectively. As the tourism minister it’s my challenge to translate the dream of the CM into reality,” Mr Choudhury said.
He added, “There’s hardly any parity between the weather of Switzerland and Darjeeling but we can provide similar infrastructure if we are honest in our effort.”
In an interview Mr Choudhury told The Statesman, “We have observed that large number of films is manufactured in our country. Billions of rupees are spent in the film industry. Moreover, the Bollywood films have a huge international market. Hence, if we can ensure shooting of Mumbai films in West Bengal, the tourist destinations of the state would be introduced internationally and naturally we would expect flow of National and International tourists to our state in large numbers.”
“I would sit with the reputed film producers of Mumbai on Friday in hotel and the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce has helped us in holding the meeting. A presentation of the famous tourist spots of the state would be presented in the conference. We would also discuss how the state government would help them if they hold shooting in West Bengal. If they are interested to visit those places in person, all possible cooperation would be extended to them,” state tourism minister said.
“I’m quite hopeful of the meeting’s outcome. I would illustrate the situation in the state is quite favourable. There is absolute peaceful condition in the state now. If we can pursue them in holding shooting of Hindi and other films in addition to project our tourist spots, we would also be able to earn huge revenue,” he explained.
“My first aim is to develop and expand the infrastructure of tourism industry in the state. I’m resolute to uplift the tourism industry of the state at any cost,” Krishnendu Coudhury claimed.