Though recently we saw that a private chunk of land was turned into a film city for the Punjabi movie makers, here's another update that could be of interest to the producers of Punjabi films and Bollywood as well.
The State Government is 'yet again' planning to establish its own Film City near Chandigarh.
As the demand for Punjabi culture and Punjabi songs in Bollywood is increasing with each passing day, Punjab Government has decided to provide the needed infrastructure and desired locations to Pollywood and Bollywood by setting up a Film City near Chandigarh.
The government has initiated the proceedings in this direction, said the state Additional Director (Tourism and Cultural Affairs), Lakhmir Singh, while speaking at the seminar during the 14th edition of PITEX organized in association with Punjab Government.
He apprised that the State Government is spending Rs 215 crore in the current financial year to promote tourism and the budget of Rs 227 crore has been decided for the next financial year.
Here, let us take a look back at the earlier proposed Film City projects in and around Chandigarh.
In the year 2007, Parsvnath developers proposed to develop the Chandigarh film city at Chandigarh with Satish Kaushik as a technical advisor. The project got an agreement signed between Chandigarh Tourist Department and Parsvnath Developers. As per the agreement, the Developer was to pay 191 Crore for a lease period of 99 years. The film city was to have a film studio, multimedia Park, a multimedia entertainment center, a multimedia college and a research center.
In December 2009, the administration terminated the contract and forfeited the Rs 47.75-crore bid amount paid by the company. Thereafter, Parsvnath invoked the arbitration clause which led to the constitution of a three-member tribunal. The tribunal, in 2012, held termination of the contract by the Chandigarh Administration to be invalid and directed the administration to pay Rs 49.18 crore to Parsvnath along with 12 percent per annum interest with effect from January 2007.
Following this, the Chandigarh Administration went to the district court in appeal and then the High Court. The High Court, in 2016, sets aside orders directing UT to pay Rs 96 crore to Parsvnath, which came as a relief to the Chandigarh Administration.
Now, yet again the government is giving new hope to the industry people for a Film City of our own near Chandigarh. Let us wait and watch whether this project takes shape in the coming days.