When the Film City project was announced in the 2015 budget by former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, all of Sandalwood welcomed it. Many film-makers hoped it would be a morale booster for Kannada cinema, which is coming up with fresh ideas and experiments by young directors.

But why was Mysuru chosen for it? Because it is a favoured spot for outdoor film shootings even today, thanks to the existence of many tourists destinations in and around the city.

People in the tourism industry here argue there is no other place abutted by over 120 small and big tourist spots. “What else can one want for developing a permanent infrastructure for film shooting?” they asked.

They said that with Tourism Minister S.R. Mahesh belonging to Mysuru, all efforts should be made to retain the project in Mysuru and get it ready at the earliest. In fact, director-producer and former chairman of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu had said before the Assembly elections that the Film City’s blueprint was ready and people familiar with designing infrastructure for such projects had visited Himmavu for designing the layout.

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