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Bright future for city on film front: Ramanaidu

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Wants to know the status of lands allotted to industry

Moment to cherish: Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner D. Ramanaidu being felicitated by Loknaik Foundation at Kalabharati in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu, former Hindi Academy chairman Yarlagada Lakshmiprasad, former MP M.V.V.S. Murthy, film actor Murali Mohan, and A.P. High Court Judge N. Ramamohan Rao are also seen. — Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
Moment to cherish: Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner D. Ramanaidu being felicitated by Loknaik Foundation at Kalabharati in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu, former Hindi Academy chairman Yarlagada Lakshmiprasad, former MP M.V.V.S. Murthy, film actor Murali Mohan, and A.P. High Court Judge N. Ramamohan Rao are also seen. — Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Visakhapatnam has all the potential to become a major hub of film shooting, noted film producer and Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Daggubati Ramanaidu said here on Sunday.

Replying to felicitations by Loknayak Foundation here at Kalabharati for receiving Dadasaheb Phalke Award, he said Visakhapatnam had excellent film locales like the Araku valley, million-year-old Borra caves, 17 {+t} {+h} century Dutch township of Bhimili along with virgin beaches, green-capped hillocks, red sand dunes and industries like Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and Hindustan Shipyard.

Mr. Naidu, who created a Guinness Book of World Records for producing the highest number of films in Telugu and other languages, said Visakhapatnam was attracting film units not only from Andhra Pradesh but also producers from Tamil Nadu, Orissa and West Bengal.

He said production of 15 Oriya films along with some Tamil and Bengali productions had been completed at the film studio owned by him in the city. The city offered superb outdoor locales.

Predicting a bright future for the city as a major production centre, he wanted to know the status of lands allotted by the government at Bhilmi for promotion of film industry.

Attributing his success in the industry to the encouragement given to him by the viewers as well as unit members of the films produced by him, he said he always wanted to be on top of the industry through hard work.

BJP senior leader and MP M. Venkaiah Naidu said cinema was a powerful medium and wished that the production units would try to send strong messages to the public.

Expressing concern at negative portrayal of characters in films, Justice N. Rammohan Rao, Judge, AP High Court, said everyone connected to the industry should concentrate on upholding values instead of encouraging western culture.

Veteran actor Gollapudi Maruti Rao said Mr. Ramanaidu had benchmarked standards for film units by producing a record number of films.

Movie Artists' Association president M. Murali Mohan said that Mr. Naidu should have got the coveted award long ago.

Gitam University founder-president M.V.V.S. Murthi presided. Loknayak Foundation president and former MP Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad proposed a vote of thanks. Mr. Ramanaidu's wife Rajeswari was also present.


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  • Concern over negative portrayal of characters in films


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