The capital of India, with its unique historical and cultural heritage, has formed the backdrop of many iconic films. Sprinkled with ruins that exist alongside modern infrastructure, Delhi is undoubtedly a cinematic delight embracing two contrasting worlds. The city is home to three World Heritage sites — Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb. Besides availability of new talent, lower production cost, international connectivity and better infrastructure, there are more than 200 locations to shoot at
Initiatives taken by Delhi for promotion of films
Delhi Tourism & Transportation Development Corporation Ltd. (DTTDC) is in process of introducing “Single Window Clearance” for filming facility.
The state has also made a film manual with details of filming locations, etc.
The state organises film events and festival like National School of Drama’s Summer Theatre Festival, Delhi International Arts Festival, Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, Cinemala Film Festival and Delhi International Film Festival. The 7th Edition of the DIFF held between 14-18 October 2018, was hugely successful with 194 films from 56 countries being screened and about 100 works of art displayed at the art show. This year the festival will be held between 2-7 December 2019 in Central Park and NDMC Convention Centre, Connaught Place.
Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation along with Government of Delhi has been working towards making the Capital a film friendly city. Apart from coordinating with the various stakeholder agencies on a regular basis, the corporation also has a dedicated page on the website to guide the filmmakers on numerous locations and facilities available in the city.
What Delhi provides is the potent canvas for effective & emotive storytelling and the logistical support required to facilitate the process of narrating the story. The infrastructure that Delhi offers includes hotels, transport, communication, film shooting equipment and film processing. Delhi’s IGI Airport ranks No.1 in the world when it comes to service quality and is capable handling chartered flights.The city has much to celebrate as it has already reached the milestone of completing 100 years as a capital. Delhi is bounded by four states namely Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab that have a strong influence on the lifestyle of Delhi. It is a cosmopolitan city where people are open to embracing new ideas and life style. People from all parts of the country live here. All major festivals of India are celebrated and the Unity in Diversity is evident in social and cultural gatherings.
Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
Agrasen Ki Baoli
Jama Masjid Complex
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Aiming at increasing footfalls of domestic and global tourists alongwith enhancing visitor experience, government announced development of 17 sites in the country as iconic tourist spots.
According importance to the tourism sector for job creation and GDP growth, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden budget speech announced that 17 sites across the country will be developed as model tourist spots.
The identified locales are expecting to attract not only tourists but also to boost film shooting for domestic and global filmmakers.
“The government is developing 17 iconic Tourism Sites into world-class tourist destinations and to serve as a model for other tourism sites. The Iconic Tourism Sites would enhance visitor experience which would lead to increased visits of both domestic and international tourists at these destinations,” she said in her maiden Budget speech.
Tourism Ministry got Rs 2,189.21 crore allocation for for 2019-20, an increase from Rs 2,113.48 cr in the 2018-19.
She also announced one hundred new clusters to be set up in 2019-20 to enable 50,000 artisans to come into the economic value chain.
“One hundred new clusters will be set up in 2019-20 to enable 50,000 artisans to come into the economic value chain. The Government will launch a mission to integrate traditional artisans and creative persons with the global market to obtain patents for them,” she added.
India, world’s seventh-largest country, is a paradise for tourists as it has high mountains of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala, and from the sacred Ganges to the sands of the Thar desert.
Besides the vast country has more than one billion inhabitants are divided into two thousand ethnic groups and speak over 200 different languages. According to the plan, these 17 sites have been identified in 12 clusters across the country — including Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri (UP), Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra), Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar (Delhi), Colva (Goa), Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), Hampi (Karnataka), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Kaziranga (Assam), Kumarakom (Kerala) and Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar).
Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel said that by mentioning these sites in her Budget address, the Finance Minister has drawn the focus on tourism.
“When 17 sites will be developed in such a big way, it will not only boost tourism, but also employment,” he said.
Apart from its size and population, India has an almost endless variety of cultures, landscapes, monuments and places to explore as there are ancient ruins, religious structures and diverse landscape to attract tourists.
Taking note of the rich tribal culture, Sitharaman said the government will take measures to ensure that the rich tribal culture of the country is preserved.
She also said a digital tribal repository will be created, in which photos, videos, details of origin, education, lifestyle, skill sets, traditional arts and other anthropological information will be stored.
In order to boost artisans’ income, the government will soon launch a mission to integrate traditional artisans and creative persons with the global market to obtain patents for them.
“With the objective of preserving rich tribal cultural heritage, a digital repository is developed where documents, folk songs, photos and videos about their evolution, place of origin, lifestyle, architecture, education level, traditional art, folk dances and other anthropological details of the tribes in India are stored. The repository will further be enriched and strengthened,” Sitharaman said in her speech.
There are endless collection of tourist attractions in India that will never cease to awe and fascinate the visitor.
Tourism Ministry has already launched the Swadesh Darshan scheme, under which thematic tourist circuits are developed and allotted Rs 1,106 cr for it while the PRASAD scheme, formulated to develop religious sites, got Rs 160.50 cr for the current fiscal.
However, there was no change in the 18-28 per cent Good and Services Tax despite the industry demands.
Meanwhile, tourism sector, considered an engine of economic growth and a significant contributor to GDP, registered a slowdown in 2018-19.
While foreign tourist arrival dropped to 2.1 per cent, forex from tourism plummeted to -3.3 per cent in 2018-19, according to the economic survey.
The survey showed that while outbound tourism increased by 9.5 per cent, it was more than double that of foreign tourist arrivals in India. Domestic travel and tourism market registered a slowdown from 12.7 per cent in 2016 to 2.4 per cent in 2017.
Taj Mahal, with a footfall of 5.6 million, attracted the most number of domestic visitors.
In May this year there were were 6,10,590 foreign tourists as compared to 6,06,522 in May 2018 registering a growth of 0.7%.
Foreign tourist arrivals during the period January-May 2019 were 45,45,883 as compared to 44,67,393 in January-May 2018 registering a growth of 1.8%.
Welcoming the announcement of new tourist spots in the budget, tourism expert Subhash Goyal said it would enhance tourism scope and experience for visitors.
However, Goyal said it should not be limited to 17 only and all demanded that all UNESCO World Heritage Sites should be made iconic digital experience.
Another expert Rajan Sehgal said some golf sites should also be taken up as part of golf tourism to attract increased footfalls of international golf players.
Shurbir Singh, MD & CEO, Delhi Tourism Development Corporation, will be at Cannes looking for producers and filmmakers to shoot in Delhi. In this interview, he highlights the advantages of making a film in the Indian Capital
He spoke with Pickle
Delhi is the one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. What steps are being taken by the Delhi Tourism Development Corporation and the Delhi Government to bring global filmmakers and production houses to the Indian Capital?
Delhi as an inimitable city of continuous living history has readily imbibed cultures and civilizations from time immemorial. Today as the Capital of India, Delhi continues to hone and nurture cultures, ethnicities and riveting narratives that have time and again inspired national and international filmmakers to shoot here. Home to three iconic World Heritage sites: Qutub Minar, Red Fort & Humayun’s Tomb alongside numerous other historic monuments, this eternal city offers a sumptuous banquet of history and heritage seamlessly in tune with its transformation as one of the world’s fastest growing and largest metropolis today.
Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation along with Government of Delhi has been working towards making the Capital a film friendly city. Apart from coordinating with the various stakeholder agencies on a regular basis, the corporation also has a dedicated page on the website to guide the filmmakers on numerous locations and facilities available in the city. We look forward to inviting the filmmakers and producers to this endearing city and showcase the ‘Delhi Cinemagic’ to one and all.
What according to you are the advantages of getting a film shot in Delhi? What is your objective at Cannes Film Market?
What Delhi provides is the potent canvas for effective & emotive storytelling and the logistical support required to facilitate the process of narrating the story. The infrastructure that Delhi offers includes hotels, transport, communication, film shooting equipment and film processing. Delhi’s IGI Airport ranks No.1 in the world when it comes to service quality and is capable handling chartered flights. In terms of other resources, trained manpower in the field is readily available in Delhi with disruptively low production costs.
Binding the resources available and the procedures involved in acquiring them, Delhi Government facilitates all your permissions to aid production in Delhi. Any filmmaker can send in their applications directly to Delhi Tourism stating the desired locations to shoot at and the Film Shooting Facilitation Cell, Delhi Tourism will do all the groundwork for you.
A muse for creators across the world, the Indian capital city offers new talent, lower production cost, international connectivity and more than 200 locations to shoot at. Delhi Tourism itself has a few properties which can be used as ideal location for shooting.
Festival de Cannes for us translates into the opportunity to present Delhi and its unrivaled creative potential and logistical ease to the esteemed fraternity of creators. Marking our place in the ever-expanding filming universe, we wish to mutually benefit in terms of the creative and tourism discourse.
Is single window clearance a reality in Delhi? What has been the experience dealing with foreign filmmakers?
The initiative of Single window clearance will soon be realized in Delhi. DTTDC has actively pooled in its time and resources to make it a possibility in the near future. We are currently in process of hiring an agency to frame a Film Policy for Delhi, on which we will clearly lay down the nitty gritties involved.
Do you have a panel of line producers on board? Line producers are one of the key stakeholders that Delhi Tourism is in constant touch with. We take regular inputs in order to better understand the requirements and streamline the shooting process.
Do you have a mechanism in place for film producers to contact when they face problem during a film shoot?
DTTDC is the nodal agency working towards permissions for shoots. Once any producer reaches out to us, we further connect with the requested stakeholder agency and guide them in obtaining necessary permissions. Delhi Tourism is also part of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), Film Facilitation portal that enables producers to directly reach out to us and seek our assistance for permissions and logistical solutions.
What is your message to the film community at Cannes?
You are the best storytellers in the world, and Delhi has a multitude of stories worth telling. We are committed to enabling creators craft their narratives, staged on the ever inspiring platform of Delhi. As civilizations have arrived and left an everlasting mark on Delhi, we wish the fraternity of creators at Festival de Cannes and beyond helps the Indian Capital carve its space in the hearts and minds of cinematic denizens, film buffs and every awestruck individual, connecting to the stories crafted.