Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday launched the state’s first film policy in Gurgaon, looking to develop Haryanvi cinema and talent, and making the state a favoured destination for filmmakers from other industries.
Among other things, the policy implies the creation of a Film City in Haryana. According to officials, a “Haryana Film Cell (HFC)”, consisting of government officers, professionals, and experts from the film industry, will be set up under the policy to create “incentive structures” to make Haryana a preferred destination. It will also work on the “branding of Haryana” in films and narratives surrounding those films.
The policy, officials say, aims to propel the development of infrastructure in the state, including the setting up of film and television studios with production and post-production facilities, upgrading film and television institutes, and setting up “theatres and alternate exhibition fora”, the latter implying “traveling cinemas” intended to make films accessible to people in far-flung and rural areas.
In addition, the policy also aims to ensure development of shooting places by identifying and developing potential shooting locations.
“The policy will help the film industry and business in the state, but we expect it to also benefit the people of Haryana. If the state attracts more interest from various film industries, (then) employment opportunities for the youth as well as opportunities for skill development will open up. In addition, films can also help to inculcate good values in a society,” said Khattar, speaking shortly after launching the policy and the official website of the HFC.
Several artistes, including actor Rajkumar Rao, director and producer Satish Kaushik, and Miss World Manushi Chillar were also present at the event.
Speaking after the launch, Khattar emphasised the importance of cinema in promoting “unity in the country”, saying, “Regional cinema must be encouraged. Understanding each other’s lifestyle, language and culture is critical in maintaining the unity of the country, and such cinema can help with this.”
As part of the film policy, the state government will establish a Film City in Haryana on a “public-private partnership” basis, and will also form a “Haryana State Film Archive” in collaboration with State University of Performing and Visual Arts, Rohtak, to “protect and preserve all past and present film material produced in the state”.
“We will also hold another event to launch this policy in Mumbai, where we expect more of the artistes will be able to attend and we will be able to tell them more about the shooting locations available in Haryana and the other facilities the state has to offer,” said the chief minister.
Earlier, prior to the launch, Khattar had been chief guest at the “Rising Haryana – Affordable Housing and HRERA” summit, where he had revealed that the draft plan for the development of five cities along the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) and Haryana stretch of the Kundli-Ghaziabad-Pawal (KGP) expressway has been prepared.
“These 5 cities will be built on both sides of the KMP and the KGP, along 185 km length of the road projects, and will stand on 25,000 hectares of land. New economic corridors will be developed along these roads, which will also be a big opportunity for real estate and will reduce the pressure on the capital,” said Khattar.
Manushi Chhillar inaugurates Haryana Film Policy
Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar was in Gurgaon for a day to attend the launch of Haryana’s first film policy by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. The film policy, which intends to promote Haryana as a favoured destination among filmmakers, was launched with actors like Rajkummar Rao and Satish Kaushik in attendance. For Manushi, returning to Haryana is always like a homecoming, and she said that attending the event was special as she got to meet so many talented people. “I had a very good time and it was so good to learn about how the government is coming forward to promote Haryana as a destination for film shoots, and also to promote Haryanvi artists,” she told us.
Manushi added that when people talk about Haryana, it’s mostly about sporting achievements, but hopefully, films should join the conversation soon. “Haryana has some beautiful places for film shoots. Now that the government is supporting Haryanvi artists and films, it will also boost the local film industry and create more job opportunities for local artists, be it camerapersons, filmmakers, makeup artists, etc. Haryana’s film industry was dying, but with government’s support, I’m sure it will get a boost. There are also plans to set up a film city in Haryana to provide the right infrastructure and facilities to filmmakers.”
Manushi said, “After becoming Miss World, I now have some idea of what goes on behind the camera, and that filmmaking is a tedious and time – consuming process. Likewise, one needs the right infrastructure, which the government will be providing to filmmakers.”Manushi has also met CM Khattar several times thanks to her beauty pageant victories, and meeting him at this event was “great as always”, she said. “Haryana has supported me throughout my journey. I have received immense love and support from here. When I won Miss India and met the chief minister, he told me that you go and win Miss World. He has always been there for me and encouraged me at every step of my journey. This year, we saw so much participation within Miss India from Haryana, so I think Haryana has conquered different fields,” Manushi said.
Though many films like Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Sultan have been shot in Haryana, Manushi says that one film that she feels represents Haryana – and most Haryanvi parents – best, is Dangal. “I relate to Dangal because of the way it presents the state’s culture and how Haryanvi parents are. They might act strict, but will always motivate their children to do their best and will stand by them, always being emotionally connected to them. Be it my grandparents or parents, my sister and I have got so much love and support from them,” said Manushi.
Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar has made India proud with her accolades from all around the world and she keeps on doing so with grace and dignity. She recently attended the launch of Haryana Film Policy at Gurugram and looked mighty beautiful in a brick red embroidered saree.
Haryana Chief Minister Shri Manohar Lal Khattar shared, “Blessed Manushi Chhillar during the launch of Haryana Film Policy at Gurugram today. Haryana’s daughters have held our head high by representing our nation with dignity and grace in the global arena. We are proud of you all”.
Talking about the same, Manushi said, “Always an honour! Haryana has never failed to make me feel like the most loved and respected daughter. Haryana has supported me when I had only started to dream and has blessed me with the confidence to dream further.
CBSE topper’s gangrape: CM Khattar warns of strict action against those who help the accused
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday warned that strict action will be taken against those who help the two absconding accused in the Rewari ganagrape case, where a CBSE topper was allegedly drugged and assaulted by three men.
“Police have been directed to take strict action in the case. The other two accused in the case will also be arrested soon. Appeal to the public to not harbour them. Strict legal action will be taken against those who harbour them,” Khattar said.
Of the three main accused, Nishu was arrested on Sunday while two others, including an armyman, are absconding. Pankaj, the accused armyman who was on leave when the crime took place, was supposed to re-join his duty on Saturday but he didn’t return, the investigators said. The third accused Manish is also missing.
The owner of the borewell room, where the crime took place, and a medical practitioner have also been arrested.
The three arrested accused were sent to five-day police remand by the Civil Court in Kanina.
Home minister Rajnath Singh, speaking in Jammu, said he had spoken to the chief minister, who had assured him that appropriate action would be taken in the case.
In her complaint, the girl who is now a college student said that on September 12, two accused Pankaj and Manish drugged her and took her near a well in a car where she recognised Nishu after gaining consciousness. However, she was again drugged and allegedly gangraped.
Meanwhile, Sudarshan Panwar, Medical Superintendent, Rewari district hospital said, “Her condition is normal now and she is emerging well from trauma.”
Rewari SP Rahul Sharma, who met the survivor, said, “Safety of victim is one of the main concern, arresting remaining accused is another. It doesn’t end with arrest but with convection of the accused. So securing evidence and ensuring they get convicted through fast track court would be the next step.”
He said his teams were working to arrest the remaining accused at the earliest.
(With ANI inputs)
First Published: Sep 17, 2018 13:49 IST