21 October, 2020

Towards Hyderwood

The 1,000-acre Ramoji Film City may make Hyderabad an inter nationally sought after production base

Towards Hyderwood

MASSIMO Cortesi, the producer of Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged, was among the 120-odd foreign delegates who were, during the 30th International Film Festival of India, taken on a guided tour of Hyderabad's newest, grandest showpiece, the 1,000-acre Ramoji Film City. The multiple shooting floors floored him completely, as did the wide range of facilities the one-stop production shop had on offer. On the way out, Cortesi was heard gushing: The studio has everything. It wouldn't be a bad idea to shoot Italian sitcoms and soaps here. All we need to do is fly down the actors.

A touch of characteristic Latino exaggeration perhaps. But it should be music to the ears of the men who are out to catapult Hyderabad into the big league, men who've taken it upon themselves to project the 400-year-old city of nawabs, minarets, and lovely gardens as India's alternative film capital and sell its well-equipped studios, especially Ramoji Film City, as a viable production centre for low and medium budget international projects which are generally shot in the studios of eastern Europe....



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