Noted Telugu filmmaker Tammareddy Bharadwaj, who recently stepped down as the President of APFCC, believes that the formation of Telangana will not have any impact on the Telugu film industry if strict policies are taken into consideration and implemented right away.
"I don't think the division of the state will have any impact. Hyderabad is home to the Telugu film industry since the 1990s and as long as strict policies are in place, I don't see the need to worry. Problems would arise only if the industry is shifted out of Hyderabad," Bharadwaj told IANS.
However, he said that shooting in parts of Andhra Pradesh, which will now be part of Telangana, will be challenging. "While most Telugu films are shot in the studios in Hyderabad, some of them are shot in other parts of the state that will now constitute Telangana. It will be difficult to shoot films in these places hereafter as there might be a process to take permission in advance," he said.
After the announcement July 30 of a separate state of Telangana being formed, members from the industry have expressed interest to set up a separate film committee called Telangana Cinema Force. Continue to read Tammareddy Bharadwaj's interview in the slideshow.