The Uttar Pradesh government has been taking steps to encourage filmmaking in the state. The state government, under its Film Policy 2014, gives a maximum subsidy of Rs 3.75 crore to Indian filmmakers who shoot a film in the state.
However, after receiving the honour of film-friendly state in the National Awards recently, the film promotion body of the state, Film Bandhu, has decided to expand and introduce subsidies to international filmmakers as well.
When Catch contacted filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh, whose films are usually based in West Bengal, he seemed to be very happy with the development.
The Kahaani director mentioned how such subsidies help good filmmakers to avoid delays in the shooting of their films and also encourage them to focus more on their content. He said:
"I think if we have a script to place in a region, then why not make the most of it? People like us who make small and medium size films; it is a great benefit for us. If other states follow the same, it would be a great decision for filmmakers as it would make the process of making a film a bit easy."