Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh (Photo/ANI)
Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh (Photo/ANI)

'Let Yogi Adityanath make efforts, film Industry can't go elsewhere from Mumbai': Maha Home Minister Anil Deshmukh

ANI | Updated: Dec 02, 2020 17:40 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 2 (ANI): Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday said that he is confident that Mumbai's film industry "can't go elsewhere" and added the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was welcome to "make efforts" to do so.
Deshmukh's remarks come amid the ongoing visit to the city of Adityanath who met Bollywood personalities including actor Akshay Kumar over the last two days to discuss the future of a proposed film city in Uttar Pradesh.
Deshmukh said, "Over 100 years ago a film industry was established here. I don't think any other state could've provided the facilities that Mumbai has. We've better law and order. I'm confident the film industry can't go elsewhere. Let him (UP CM) make efforts."
Earlier the Shiv Sena also hit out at the Uttar Pradesh CM stating that it is not easy to shift Mumbai's film city to another place.
"The film industry in south India is also big, there're film cities in West Bengal and Punjab too. Will Yogi Ji also visit these places and talk to directors/artists there or is he going to do so only in Mumbai?" Raut said.

Maharashtra Cabinet minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik too asserted that Bollywood can't be taken elsewhere and that the UP chief minister must have come to the maximum city, seeking investment.
"Mumbai is the economic capital of the country. Chief ministers come here and try to take some industry and investment for their states. Yogi Adityanath may also have come to Mumbai in this endeavour," Malik said.
"He is speaking of making a film city in Uttar Pradesh. It's good as Bhojpuri has a very big market, but if anyone thinks that
Bollywood can be taken elsewhere from Mumbai then they are confused. Even before this, Andhra Pradesh and other states started their own film city, but it did not diminish the importance of Bollywood in Mumbai," the minister added. Meanwhile, Adityanath today said: "We want to build a world-class film city in Uttar Pradesh. We held discussions with several producers, directors, actors and other experts related to the film industry in this regard."
In September, this month, Adityanath held a meeting with representatives of Bollywood over constructing a film city in the state and approximately 1,000 acres of land was identified for the project.
The Chief Minister had said the proposed site is just an hour away from New Delhi and very close to the proposed International Airport at Jewar, going to be the biggest greenfield airport in Asia.
Adityanath on Wednesday rang the bell at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai at the listing of bonds of Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC). He also attended UP Investors Defence Corridor meeting in the financial capital and interacted with leading industrialists and industry experts. (ANI)