Tollywood Really Shifting To Vizag?
Ever since Vizag is announced as the Executive Capital of Andhra Pradesh, the discussion of Tollywood shifting has gained significance. When Telangana state formed a few years ago, the same topic grabbed the headlines of film news. Several Tollywood celebrities have purchased lands in Vizag long back to setup film studios. As the Telangana government supported Tollywood, the shifting concept took the backseat.
Telugu film industry used to be Chennai earlier and it has been completely shifted to Hyderabad in 1991. The concept of shifting the Telugu industry from Chennai really started in the late seventies when Telugu legends like ANR, NTR, etc. relocated to Hyderabad. They had set up film studios later. The then governments also allotted lands to film celebrities at a nominal price to promote the film industry in Hyderabad. But the whole process took nearly 25 years.
Now, Hyderabad is equipped with state of the art studios and has the required infrastructure for feature film production. The government is also supportive of the Telugu film industry so the Tollywood bigwigs are not much hurried to shift their base to Vizag immediately. They don't see any immediate advantage in shifting their base.
Industry insiders are of the opinion that the number of film shootings in Vizag will surely increase but shifting is not on the cards. Tollywood filmmakers will surely focus on Vizag if the AP government allots them land, provide other facilities & tax exemptions. Even if that happens, Tollywood may not shift but Vizag may become a second base for Tollywood.