Bangalore parks will charge Rs.40K/day for movie shooting

From Bangalore Mirror

Scenes shot in parks in your favourite soap, and in movies in future are likely to come down because Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has hiked rentals of its parks from `5,000 to `40,000 per day.

The hike will be applicable to 1,247 parks — barring Cubbon Park and Lalbagh — that fall under the BBMP’s jurisdiction. The civic body cites restoration of damage caused by film units and higher general maintenance of parks for the hike.

In recent months, parks, the city’s lung spaces, were supposed to be causing environmental pollution. To curb this, BBMP had imposed a complete ban of movie shootings inside parks. It has now decided to lift the ban but increase the rent. The horticulture department has suggested this move to maintain park premises in a better way. It noticed that several film crews turned parks into picnic spots and littered them with plastic and other waste after using them.

Mayor BN Manjunath Reddy said, “Earlier, we handed out park premises for movie and television shoots at a minimal rental. Also, there was a condition to the production team to hand over the park in the same condition they got it, and without any damage to it. But during shoots, several parks were seen to be damaged. The maintenance cost of parks has also increased and to maintain a park in good shape, the rental charges have been increased. Nowadays, an entire movie or songs are shot abroad while only a few movies are shot here, so the increase in rental will not burden the film unit.”

A lot of effort goes into cleaning up and restoring damage to parks after film shoots, and the horticulture department shoulders this responsibility. “Earlier, we were giving permission for movies to be shot inside park premises, but after the movie shooting, we would be faced with not a park but a dump yard. Recently, the joint commissioner ordered to stop permissions for movie shootings. Now, parks will be rented out for movie shooting, but the permission should be taken directly from the JC and the rates have been increased from the earlier `3,000 to `5,000 a day to `40,000,” an official of the department said.

Regular visitors of parks believe that the increased rental will help maintain parks better. “If you want to maintain the quality of a place, you have to spend money. If the authorities are maintaining the parks by increasing the rates, I am okay with it. But the rate shouldn’t be exorbitant because then it means you are telling people you don’t want them to shoot. For a small-budget film, this amount can be huge, but not for big films” a visitor at JP Park in Mathikere, Shubha B, said.

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