Bollywood director Imtiaz Ali to shoot films in Arunachal Pradesh to boost tourism

Bollywood director Imtiaz Ali Saturday expressed interest in Arunachal Pradesh as a location for his future films to promote film tourism in the state. He was speaking at the launch of the northeast chapter of Old Students Association (OSA) of Hindu College, New Delhi, at Tawang.

“Arunachal offers some promising locations for film shooting with its breathtakingly beautiful and scenic landscapes,” said Imtiaz Ali, the maker of hit films like Rockstar, Highway, Jab We Met etc.

Ali said he was deeply touched by the hospitality and generosity of the people of Tawang and thanked the Chief Minister for inviting him for the function.

“I am deeply indebted and will be obliged to do something for the development of tourism in Arunachal through movies. I am happy to know the vision the chief minister has for Arunachal. Please consider my help if I can be of any assistance in developing this beautiful state,” he added.

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Chief Minister Pema Khandu welcomed Ali’s offer to help develop tourism in Arunachal Pradesh through films. “The state government is bringing out a tourism policy and to ease shootings in the state,” said Khandu.

“A single window clearance system is already in place to attract potential investors such as filmmakers in the state. Besides, the state government is working to create an enabling environment through simple procedures and possible incentives for filmmakers,” added the Chief Minister.

Hanging bridge at Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh

Referring to the importance of movies in increasing tourism to the film locations, Khandu said tourists always look to visit new places and films inspire a lot. He said the shooting of the film Rangoon in Pasighat has already kindled interest in Arunachal Pradesh among many film-makers as it offers several unique locations for shooting where no film had been shot before.