Mahesh Bhatt: Filmmakers keen to come to Jharkhand

Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt today praised the film policy of Jharkhand and said filmmakers have evinced interest in coming to the state.

Mahesh Bhatt
Mahesh Bhatt

Speaking after meeting Chief Minister Raghubar Das here, Bhatt stated that the state's film policy was excellent and would bring positive results, an official release said here.

Stating that filmmakers in large numbers would come to Jharkhand as it has become a topic of discussions in Mumbai, Bhatt added that big filmmakers have evinced interest in coming to the state.

He said his film 'Begam Jaan' faced no problem in the state with local administration assisting him immensely and if the situation continued, films by big banners would be shot in the state.

Starring Naseeruddin Shah and Vidya Balan, 'Begam Jaan' is being shot in Jharkhand. It is a Hindi remake of Bengalifilm 'Rajkahini' directed by Srijit Mukherjee.

As per the release, the Chief Minister told Bhatt that the state government was serious in setting up a School of Drama.

Das said Jharkhand was endowed with natural beauty and opening possibilities for film shooting in the state would lead to employment opportunities for local talent.

He said there was no dearth of talent in Jharkhand but what was required was opportunities.

Tourism would also get a boost with big banner movies, he said.

Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, suggested Bhatt to visit McCluskieganj and Patratu areas of the state, adding that both the locations are picturesque and close to the airport.

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