Will the Payyanur film city, which was tarnished by the regime change in 2011, be revived?

Chennai: During the DMK rule in 2008, 99 acres of land was allotted to film workers and iconic workers to set up a residence, studio, theater and technical complex at Payyanur near Chennai. This was followed by the creation of the place as the Artist Film City, which housed studios, theaters, film artists, editors, cinematographers, technicians, basic staff, and apartments for supporting actors.

In the first phase, it was decided to build 6000 houses in various sections and a contract was signed with a reputed construction company from Malaysia. However, after the change of government in 2011 and the formation of the AIADMK government, all work was halted as it was a project started under the DMK regime. Due to this, from 2011 to 2016, Payyanur cinema city looked like a mysterious country. In this situation, after Jayalalithaa’s demise, Pepsi leader RK Selvamani met Edappadi Palanisamy and asked him to help rebuild the Payyanur cinema city.

Following this, work on the Payyanur Cinema City resumed in 2019 and the construction of the studio was partially completed. Named and opened. If another studio is set up in Jayalalithaa’s name at the festival, it will be given Rs 5 crore on behalf of the Tamil Nadu government. Promises were made that a film city would be set up in Payyanur by 2020. But, since the day after the studio’s opening ceremony, no one has even stepped into the movie city. Due to this, the Payyanur film city is in disrepair.

Only a handful of iconic series are filmed from time to time in the two studios built there. But it is noteworthy that they do not have any of the basic facilities required. Residential work for cinema actors, technicians, iconic screen artists, training halls, house divisions, etc. were never started. One party said the apartments were not started due to an administrative problem in getting a loan from the bank.

Film workers who came to the opening ceremony with the dream of getting a house and settling down in this place from time to time come and visit this place with nostalgia as they could not take the next step due to the administrative problem of a well-intentioned film city very close to Chennai. The film industry has appealed to the DMK government to take appropriate steps to re-activate the Payyanur artiste film city, overcoming the stagnation in the film industry.

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