The 4th day of Film Bazaar at the ongoing 53rd IFFI continues to be dynamic with back-to-back knowledge series sessions. The state focus session on the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh was one of the entertaining as well as engaging ones, with veteran actor Raghubir Yadav who has shot Panchayat in Madhya Pradesh, narrating his acting journey in the industry. Along with Raghubir Yadav, the panel was graced with dignitaries namely, Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture Department & MD, MP Tourism; Vani Tripathi Tikoo, Actor, Producer and Board Member of CBFC and Uday Singh, Managing Director, Motion Pictures Association. The moderator of this session was producer Samir Sarkar.
The panelists threw light on how it used to be challenging filming movies in Madhya Pradesh during the early 2000. But now, things have changed, with film policies being in place, shooting in the state has become easier so much so that Madhya Pradesh was awarded the most film friendly state in India this year. Mr. Sheo Shekhar Shukla thanked actor Raghubir ji who took a break from his shooting schedule to attend film bazaar in Goa. Talking about film policy, he said, “I am a tourism man, not a film man, but we, in MP, take conscious decisions when it comes to framing innovative film policies.”
“For filmmakers, MP is a chalta phirta (walking) film studio. We have single window clearance in the state. This helps filmmakers to shoot seamlessly in the state. There are very good incentives too that will help filmmakers a lot.
Speaking about the future plans, he said, “We have signed MOUs with domestic filmmakers for long term support for their films. We are also proposing this to the international community to invite more filmmakers to shoot in the state.”
Vani Tripathi Tikoo shared her viewpoint “We are the land of katha vachak and I applauded how the government has always been spontaneous in formulating policies for the film industry.”
She also said after Panchayat, Raghubir Yadav should be made the brand ambassador of Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Uday Singh emphasised on how the invest india movement is great and many outside the country have been learning about our industry lately. He also added that the investors need to understand the incentive structure and participate more in numbers.
Raghubir Yadav narrated his experience and his journey till now in the film industry. He shared his childhood memories, how his dreams and passions ranged from singing to acting. Speaking about Madhya Pradesh he said “Main MP mein saal mein 2 chakkar lagata hun, wahan se energy bator ke laata hu aur phir Mumbai mein aake kharch karta hoon (I visit MP twice a year, and I get rejuvenated there to use that energy in Mumbai). The state has great energy.”