The central Railway is planning to construct a dedicated station for shooting sequences featuring railway premises. This will save producers and directors location scouting.
Wadi Bunder car shed is one of the possible locations identified by the railways for dedicated railway stations for the film shooting. The idea of construction of a special station for shooting purposes follows increasing demand for railway stations and trains to film scenes.
Chief public relations officer, Central Railway, Mr. Atul Rane said: “Though it is in its initial stages, the plan of allowing shooting in yards like Matunga workshop, Wadi Bunder or Kurla car shed, may be successful and also convenient for the crew”
Officials says that these spots that already have tracks and platform, can be equipped with discarded rakes and other props, depending on the set requirements.
A railway official said: “This will help production houses shoot for their films at one place,”
“We are seeing a tremendous increase in earnings from shooting this year as compared to last year.” further added.
In 2011 to 2012, The Central Railway earned Rs. 61.52 lakh, which distended to Rs. 1.07 crore in 2012 to 2013.
Central Railway’s revenue this year has surpassed earlier records with the authorities raking in Rs. 91 lakh in just three months through shooting.
CR has also updated its list of location where facilities of film shooting are available in Mumbai Bhusawal divisions and Pune. The Chief PRO Rane said: “We have identified new locations for film shooting as people are looking for dormant locations.”
Murtajapur in Bhusawal and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (Kurla) in Mumbai division are the new spots where Central Railway has invited filmmakers for shooting.
“Looking at the demand, we have set up a one-window clearance for such proposals. Now, the permissions are given in just 2-3 days depending on the script’s requirements. This is one of the biggest reasons for increased revenues from film shooting,” CR official added.
There are formalities that the production house has to complete before getting the railways permit insurance which may be anywhere between Rs 5 Lakh and Rs. 5 Crore, agreement, indemnity bond and original script. Getting permissions for shooting at railway stations entitled a long procedure until now.
The official said, “Without these documents, we don’t accept the submission. Though as per our new rule, the permission is supposed to be given within three days of application,”
Central Railway has also assigned a special team that accompanies the film staff and crew to avoid any hassles from GRP and RPF.
Many films and advertisements have been shot on Central Railway premises since April this year. Some of them are Gori Tere Pyar Mein, Gunday, Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Again, Dedh Ishkiya and some ads like that IPL team Mumbai Indians and airtel.
The highest revenue has been generated by Yashraj Productions House’s film Gunday. It has paid Rs 59.63 lakh to the railways for shooting at Wakad station near Pune