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Uttar Pradesh the most populous state in India has been in the news recently for multiple achievements. It’s diversity in the field of education, technology, medical growth, culture, environmental, as well as social front has made it the first choice for various industries. Thanks to the young and dynamic Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav the state has made bountiful leaps in the film industry too. But there is another great news for film enthusiasts and budding actors of the state!

Announcing a plan to set up a Film Television and Liberal Arts Institute in Lucknow, Akhilesh Yadav allocated a token amount of Rs. 10 crore for it in the budget. This will be a first of its kind institute in Uttar Pradesh for students of film and television who are keen to gain exposure. To compliment the decision, UP Housing and Development Board (UPHDB) has allotted 14 acres land in its Awadh Vihar Yojna near Lucknow Haat on Shaheed Path for the institute. UPHDB’s board meeting on Wednesday gave a no objection certificate to this land which is to be transferred to state’s information department. The land cost is about Rs. 171 crore, an amount which Akhilesh Government will pay UPHDB. A 45-metre wide road runs next to this land which will allow easy access to keen learners.
Chief Secretary said, “Such an initiative will enhance the historical, mythological, and cultural value of Uttar Pradesh. It will also attract foreigners to the proud traditions of the state as they will be showcased better by the state residents. At the same time, talent of the youth in the field of acting and film making will get more exposure and investment.”

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Akhilesh Yadav had announced Film Bandhu, a new Film Policy with the sole aim of projecting the glorious heritage of the state not only within the country, but also abroad through widespread publicity. The artists and the producers of the state and outside of the state are provided a congenial atmosphere and relevant facilities this policy. For ensuring availability of all the film production related facilities under a single roof, it has been constituted as a nodal agency under the chairpersonship of Principal Secretary, Information. It will work in the direction of developing UP as a hub of film production by generating a friendly climate and promoting film related activities in a big way, thanks to UPCM. This has not just helped the state but the entire film fraternity across the globe!

Catch a few glimpses of Bollywood and Hollywood stars frequenting Uttar Pradesh:

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Actor Tom Cruise (R) and Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor pose for photographers at the historic Taj Mahal in the northern Indian city of Agra December 3, 2011. Cruise is on his maiden visit to India to promote his latest movie "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" ahead of its official world premiere next week. REUTERS/Brijesh Singh (INDIA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE SOCIETY)