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Cinema of Uttarakhand

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While Uttarakhand was originally founded with ecological considerations in mind, progress in this regard has been lacking. The recent floods serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need for sustainable development in the region. It is reported that in Joshimath, a town in Uttarakhand, residents have raised concerns about the sound of powerful water currents beneath their homes, shedding light on the potential consequences of large-scale projects that often disregard ecological issues. One significant cause of this situation is unsustainable tourism, which has resulted in environmental degradation, resource depletion, the commercialisation of hill areas, and community displacement in Uttarakhand. These factors have collectively put immense strain on the delicate ecological balance of the region.

Uttarakhand, a cherished tourist hotspot, has consistently been favoured as a cinematic backdrop, highlighting the role of film-induced tourism in the states tourism sector. The connection between cinema and Uttarakhand dates back to the 1950s. Uttarakhand has been a favourite film location for many acclaimed film-makers, gracing the silver screen in at least over 50 films, including several blockbusters, owing to its breathtaking scenery. Key filming sites in Uttarakhand include the Forest Research Institute and the Military Academy in Dehradun, along with sites in Mussoorie and Nainital. Uttarakhand received recognition as the best film-friendly state at the National Awards in 2019, and it garnered a special mention for its film-friendly environment from the Government of India in 2017. Film tourism thrives in Uttarakhand, and the state government actively supports it as a significant revenue source. There are plans underway to establish a film city in Uttarakhand, further underscoring the governments commitment to this sector.

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Published On : 27th Feb, 2024

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