Sandalwood opposes ban on heritage site shoots


BENGALURU
It may still only be a proposal, but if Minister for Tourism and Higher Education RV Deshpande has his way, film shoots at historical places in Karnataka may become a thing of the past. At a recent event, the minister proposed banning shooting films at heritage sites in the state, adding that permissions would be granted only after consultation with the Archeological Survey of India. The minister’s suggestion comes at a time when Sandalwood filmmakers have, in fact, been making a beeline to shoot in heritage sites in north Karnataka.

Not everyone in the industry is enthused by the proposal, with filmmakers saying that shooting at heritage sites is often a win-win situation for them, as well as the tourism department. Director Suni (of Simplag Ond Love Story fame), who recently shot for his next Bahuparaak in Gajendragag and Bagalkot, had earlier told BT that there are some wonderful historical structures in north Karnataka, and called for regular maintenance work on the monuments to ensure a steady flow of filmmakers and tourists to the area.

On the condition of anonymity, a Sandalwood actor tells us that he wonders why the proposal only targets films and not tourists. “If film shoots are likely to harm these delicate structures, shouldn’t tourist visits be of equal concern?” he asks and adds, “Instead of blaming films for the damage caused to historical monuments, authorities should look at how films can be used to capture the best of Karnataka and boost tourism. A large chunk of the revenue generated should be utilized towards the upkeep of these sites. If this is put into action, there should be no reason for worry.”

Full report here Times of India

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