Proposed 10-Acre Film City in Sikkim’s Gangtok is Good News for Film-Makers and Domestic Tourism

Industry Watch | January 25, 2021 | News

Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Sikkim Film Promotion Board (SFPB)

After a Film and Television Institute for Arunachal Pradesh was sanctioned by the Modi government, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh has shown much enthusiasm towards a proposal to build a film city complex in Sikkim, over an area of 10 acres in the vicinity of the capital city Gangtok.

A team of senior officers of the State Government of Sikkim including Chairperson, Sikkim Film Promotion Board, Department of Information, Pooja Sharma and Resident Commissioner, Ashwani Kumar Chand briefed the Minister about the proposal. The film city complex is envisaged to have an acting school, film sets as well as artificial sets, ramps for fashion events, miniplex cinema, amphitheatre, mobile theatre, concert halls, recreation park, editing studios, sound studios, etc.

Dr Jitendra Singh appreciated the proposal and said, “Sikkim, like Kashmir, has picturesque locations to offer for film shooting. The versatility of Sikkim's scenic beauty has attracted film-makers right from the beginning and leading film personalities like Dev Anand preferred Sikkim as a favourite location. Several desirable locations in the North-east, particularly in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, have remained under-utilised because of lack of infrastructure and lack of provision to place the required equipment.”

“The Modi Government has sanctioned a Film and Television Institute for Arunachal Pradesh and with the coming up of a film city in Sikkim, it will be possible to overcome the shortcomings which discouraged film-makers from using these locations even when they were willing to do so. Movies shot at domestic locations instead of foreign locations can help introduce audiences across the country to the diversity and unique features of different locations in India. This does not only help boost domestic tourism within the country by showcasing attractive destinations which are in no way less than the European destinations, but also helps to serve the cause of ‘Vocal for Local’,” Singh added.

During the meeting, the State Government team also apprised the Minister about the Sikkim Film Promotion Board (SFPB) plan to hold a global film festival in Sikkim in April this year to promote Sikkim as a shooting destination and enhance State Tourism. The four-day festival is expected to provide an international platform for the film fraternity including professional film-makers, film enthusiasts and film/media students.

Film city complex with acting school, concert halls, film sets, theatre, etc., proposed over an area of 10 acres in the capital city Gangtok. Global film festival to be held in Sikkim in April.

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