Tollywood shifting its base?

Posted : February 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm IST by ManaTelugu

With Telangana formation is imminent, focus is now shifted to what’s going to happen next? Naturally, all eyes are on Telugu film industry which is the first industry to make its move after the formation of Andhra Pradesh from Chennai 58 years ago. We hear that majority of the Telugu film industry personalities, who hail from Seemandhra, have really no issues with the formation of Telangana. Yet there are wide apprehensions among them about their safety, progress and security in Telangana State despite promises given by several Telangana leaders, activists. At the same time what is luring them is “major tax exemptions” in successor state of AP as Centre declared “Special State” status to it. (Although no clarity is given on this front like what are the tax beneficiaries to industries).

Hence, Tinsel town is abuzz with the news of shifting its base from Hyderabad. Going by our sources, the Telugu film industry is seriously contemplating to move and establish its start-up in residuary state of Andhra Pradesh. This may not happen overnight but in coming ten years (in which Hyderabad is common capital), T-town may move slowly. And two cities in successor AP state are in fray for the film destination. While one being Visakhapatnam which has been in news for a while and the other one is Tirupati. Compared to Tirupati, Vizag has beach locales, spacious locations, roads, development and already Studios like Ramanaidu have set up there. But what is working against Vizag is that geographically it’s far away from Chennai where all post-production labs, recording theatres, music and shooting studios are present.

With this, Temple city Tirupati’s name popped up very recently. Given that Tirupati’s proximity to Chennai and Renigunta airport, few Tollywood big personalities are contemplating to move to Tirupati so that major work could be carried out in Chennai. We also hear that Tollywood is being invited by Chennai industry to come back. Though, T-town may not go back to Chennai, but they’re planning to depend on Chennai for time being until new infrastructure is developed here. Music directors like Thaman and Devi Sri Prasad are already working from Chennai as they have own studios there. As of now, suspense is continuing over what is T-town’s next destination. Stay tuned to us.