Mumbai:

The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) on Friday wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and said that the film industry will remain in the city. The letter has been written a few days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath proposed an alternative film city in the state Uttar Pradesh. Yogi had recently revealed an ambitious plan to set up a film city in Noida and made an open offer for the film community to come to Uttar Pradesh.

In view of his recent visit to Mumbai, the ruling Congress in Maharashtra accused him of plotting to snatch Film City. In a letter to Thackeray, the association said that they are happy that the chief minister has clearly stated that Maharashtra is the center of growth of the film industry.  They said in the letter, “Mumbai is the heart of the Hindi film industry. And no one can take it anywhere because the industry includes its people, who are producers, directors, artists and other technicians, are the backbone of the industry. In the letter they said “We can assure you that we will never move our original place. Mumbai is the heart and soul of Hindi film industry.

The association said, “As the lockdown, epidemic continue to wreak havoc in the current economic scenario, the originating center of Hindi cinema is slowly becoming a graveyard and we have repeatedly requested that necessary steps be taken to save the Hindi film industry.” They said that it is the responsibility of the Maharashtra government to ensure that the film industry continues to exist. During his visit Chief Minister of UttarPradesh Yogi met prominent Bollywood personalities including directors, producers and actors and sought their suggestions for the proposed Film City in a thousand acre area in Noida.

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