February 9, 2014
WB CM inaugurates renovated Technicians` Studio, promises new film cities soon
There is no dearth of talent in the entertainment industry in the state but the infrastructure is insufficient, Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday. She was addressing an audience before inaugurating Technicians` Studio in Tollygunge.
“We have talent, good producers and directors but we have to create good infrastructure to produce good films,” Ms. Banerjee said adding the problem would be resolved soon.
The state government has found 40 acres at Baruipur and six acres at Dabgram in South 24 Parganas where two film cities will come up, she said adding two television studios will also come up in the state.
“I have done my duty by finding land for setting up the film cities, now it is the duty of the government officials to float tenders and select bidders,” she said. The state government has also found a vast land adjacent to Siliguri where another film city will also come up.
The CM said that very soon Hollywood and Bollywood directors will come to the state.
The six studios inside the Technicians` Studio, built in nine months using Rs 10 crore, have been named after Satyajit Roy, Ritwik Ghatak, Rituparno Ghosh, Tapan Sinha, Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. Ms Banerjee asked the senior officials of the information and cultural affairs department why Radha Studio inside the Technicians` Studio could not be reopened. The officials replied that permission is needed from the state fire and emergency services department to reopen the Radha Studio.