Amritsar tourism authorities woo filmmakers to use Heritage Street free of cost

Published on : Friday, December 22, 2017

indexAlthough the SGPC has put a blanket ban regarding shooting of any movie on the Golden Temple complex since March 2016, the Amritsar authorities have invited the film-makers to use Heritage Street, leading to the holy shrine, as film location free of cost.

Bollywood actors Bobby Deol and Kriti Kharbanda were spotted shooting some sequences for their upcoming movie “Yamla Pagla Deewana 3” here recently. Deputy Commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, who is also the project director of Heritage Street, said that nothing was charged from the film-makers.

Golden Temple is a favourite with film-makers. However, shooting few scenes of Sarbjit in February 2016 ended up in ruckus and causing inconvenience to the devotees. Following this, the SGPC banned the shooting of commercial movies “to prevent any disturbance”.
To woo film-makers, the state Tourism Department held a meeting with some producers, who were inclined to shoot in Amritsar, especially near the Golden Temple, but they were hesitant due to “official permission” hustles.

Sangha said that film-makers would be offered all facilities with small formalities.
“We convinced them that Punjab is a peaceful state and they should come over to shoot for their films. It is an irony that despite having good air, rail and road connectivity between Amritsar-Chandigarh-Mumbai, the tourism industry in Amritsar could not prosper. To increase tourism by way of promoting Amritsar’s heritage street is a first step.”

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