Bhopal: Film shooting permission under Public Services Guarantee Act soon in Madhya Pradesh

Time limit to be cut from 45 to 15 days, government also to introduce shooting completion certificates

SmitaUpdated: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 10:54 PM IST
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Bhopal(Madhya Pradesh): The Madhya Pradesh Government has decided to bring the grant of permission for shooting of films, web series and TV serials in the state under the Public Services Guarantee Act.

The maximum time period for the grant of permission is proposed to be slashed from the current 45 days to 15 days. A gazette notification to this effect may be issued soon.

Deputy manager, MP Film and Adventure Tourism Board, Umakant Chaudhary, told Free Press that the decision has been taken following persistent complaints by filmmakers.

Chaudhary said that during his interaction with makers of films, TV serials and web series at a recent conclave in Mumbai, he had received the feedback that delays in grant of permission for shooting were creating problems for them.

“Once the matter is brought under the PSG Act, all the government authorities and departments will have to take a decision on application for permission within 15 days,” he said.

Chaudhary also said that the government is also planning to provide post-production facilities in the state. “Currently, after shooting, raw footage is sent to Mumbai, where all the post-production work is done. It requires high-end equipment and skilled technicians,” he said. Chaudhary said that if such a facility is available in the state, it would generate revenue for the government and also provide employment to trained youth from the state.

He also said that currently, mainly Bollywood production houses shoot their productions in the state. “But there is a big film industry in South India, too. For some reason, probably lack of awareness, they rarely choose Madhya Pradesh,” he said.

Chaudhary said that the film board may hold events in capitals of southern states to showcase Madhya Pradesh as a shooting destination. “We may begin with Hyderabad,” he said.

Shooting completion certificates: The state government will also start issuing shooting completion certificates, a document that will be needed by the producers for claiming subsidies given by the state government. The completion certificate will be issued after ascertaining that no damage has been caused due to the shooting.

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