Ever since TDP formed government in Andhra Pradesh after bifurcation, speculations over film studios to be set up by film personalities have been doing rounds.However, no big producer came forward to establish a studio in AP as the current regime wanted everyone to establish production facilities in and around Amaravathi, where there is no infrastructure at all. Film producers are okay with Vizag, but not Amaravathi.
However, as the elections are nearing, Chandrababu Naidu now wants some activity to happen in Vizag at least to showcase his ‘achievements’.The latest statement from Ambika Krishna, chairperson of Andhra Pradesh Film Development Corporation, should be seen in this angle.He has announced many sops to Tollywood filmmakers to establish studios and production houses in AP.
He also gave enough hints that Nandamuri Balakrishna will be establishing a sprawling studio with international facilities in proposed studio lands near Rishikonda in Vizag.Balakrishna earlier did a similar stunt with Eros when they came up with the proposal of setting up Media City in Amaravathi. This turned out to be a mere publicity stunt and no further progress was made.
However, Balakrishna may take lands from the government, which incidentally, he is also a part of as an MLA. The lands at Rishikonda in Vizag are precious, they are worth crores of rupees. The filmmakers will be getting them for paltry amount if they set up studios.The Nandamuri family members own a studio named Ramakrishna Horticulture Studio in Hyderabad which was established by late NTR, but it is not running at all.
The studio is used occasionally for Balakrishna’s movie launch events. They can’t even run the studio in Hyderabad but have plans to establish it in Vizag with international standards!