The ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the Institute of Film, Television and Liber al Arts, Uttar Pradesh and also to distribute film grants to 21 films shot in the state was a starstudded affair. Actor and politician Jaya Bachchan attended the event along with son Abhishek Bachchan that was held at the Lok Bhawan in the city on Tuesday . Filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Rahul Mittra, actors Ravi Kishan and Kunal Kapoor were the other key speakers at the event. “Jayaji was invited by UP CM Akhilsh Yadavji as the special guest and the presence of Abhishek was a very pleasant surprise for all of us,” said Gaurav Dwivedi, vice chairman Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council (UPFDC), who was also present at the event.He further added, “Jayaji was very positive and im ji was very positive and impressed by the work being done by the state to promote films and arts and said, `Sapne toh yuva hi dekhte hain aur Akhileshji jaise yuva neta ke netritva mein bahot hi achha hai ki kala ko itna badhava mil raha hai.”
Jaya further added, “The contribution of art in any form can not be ignored for the development of any state and art is getting its due in UP.” Others who attended the ceremony included director Bunty Walia, Vinod Bachchan, Pawan Tiwari and Vinod Kapri, director of Miss Tanakpur Hazir Ho.
Producer Rahul Mittra, who was here to collect the grant for the film Jigariya said, “I was actually the first producer to receive a grant for Bullett Raja.But coming here again for another film of mine has been great. I toh call myself the selfappointed brand ambassador of the film policy of Uttar Pradesh because everywhere I travel, I say `UP ja ke dekho, film promotion ke liye kitna kaam ho raha hai wahan.’ As it is Lucknow holds a very special place in my heart and this place is like a home to me.”
Actor Kunal Kapoor was also full of praise for the efforts put in by the state government to pro mote talent and art and said, “It’s a great thing to have this film policy. It’s good that so many filmmakers are coming to UP to shoot. I am happy that the state is doing so much to promote art and films.”
Abhishek Bachchan too seemed impressed with the state’s film policy. “He was very keen to know about the institute and the film policy of the state and said he will request one of his film’s producers to come and shoot in UP or work out a project to be shot here himself,” said Dwivedi.