Manoj Srivastava turns Goa as the most favoured film destination
Gone are the days when Goa was only an exotic tourist destination. In the past two years it has grown phenomenally as a film shooting destination. The biggest of film shootings are happening in Goa. Film stars are making Goa home for the sake of convenience. The business volume of film shoots only adds over Rs.100 crores to the Goan economy. As many as 600 actors and technicians have mushroomed all over the state.
Behind the complete turn around stands one man, Manoj Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer of the Entertainment Society of Goa. The society takes care of film shooting permissions and develops Goa as a film destination. The reason for increasing film shootings is due to its ‘single window clearance policy’ and huge networking initiated by Srivastava who is connected with the Indian and foreign film industries ever since his stint with Directorate of Film Festivals.
In March Goa has 20 film shootings going on at various places. Goa began with having only about 100 days of film shooting only two years back. The state has now risen to having a 6 times growth in the sector. Despite having a handicap with equipment availability, Goa has managed to attract film makers. Now on the anvil is the ‘Tax Reimbursement Policy’ which Goa is contemplating. According to Srivastava, “The policy envisages return of percentage of state taxes paid by the film producers during their film shootings.” The policy is likely to benefit film producers and attract them in hordes to Goa.
Another step that my solve equipment availability problems is the setting up of a film school by the Entertainment Society of Goa. The discussions have been going on with several players and are likely to reach a conclusion stage soon. The shifting of the international film festival of India to Goa was a major step in waking up this sleeping giant state. With Goan landscape offering every locational possibility except for snow, a hassle free shoot, tax reimbursement schemes and a cinema friendly atmosphere, sky is the limit for this tiny state. It’s already the most favoured film destination.
Right from Golmaal, Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3 to Endhiran- the Robot to All The Best to Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se, Kaminay, Players, Guzarish, The Coffin Maker, Peter Gaya Kaam Se and many others across Indian languages have been shot in Goa have been shot in Goa. The momentum is on and the buzz word in film industry today is Goa.