Uttar Pradesh to host film festival in Varanasi this month on Goa lines


Lucknow: As the legislative elections approached, the Yogi government made Varanasi a hub for all kinds of activities. After hosting half a dozen programs for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state government is planning a mega film event in the city.

Modeled on the famous Goan Film Festival, the state government would hold a similar event in Varanasi. According to the president of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council (UPFDC), Raju Srivastava, the Varanasi film festival is a replica of Goa. He said the UP film festival is planned in Varanasi and that it will host all included major events in Goa. The film festival, said to be the first such event in UP, is scheduled to be held from December 27-29. Raju, a renowned comedian, has been appointed president of the UPFDC by the Yogi government to promote film activities in the state.

According to Srivastava, during the film festival, the UP government would provide financial assistance to producers whose films were shot in the state. The state government would provide financial assistance of 24 crore to 42 film producers. In the festival, films on UP and those shot in this state would be screened. Besides various national and regional prizes would also be awarded to actors, producers, lyricists, music composers, directors and screenwriters. Few international films would also be screened at the festival. A conference on increasing investment in the film industry at UP would also be organized on this occasion.

It can be mentioned that the Yogi government has already started the construction of an international film mega city in Greater Noida. In addition, the demand has been raised to set up a separate film city for Bhojpuri films in Varanasi or Gorakhpur. Several UP Bhojpuri film artists have raised this issue in front of the Yogi government.

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Posted on: Thursday, December 23, 2021, 10:30 p.m. IST


Gerald R. Schneider