Tollywood which entertains everyone is now in gloomy position with the bifurcation proposal which has got the crucial nod from the Union government on Thursday night. Filmnagar, jubilee hills, Krishnanagar and other areas may not see brisk activities hereafter, they feared. The industry provides direct and indirect employment to thousands of people as its turnover is more than Rs.1000 crore every year.
Telugu film makers are now worried about the future of the industry with the division of the State. All the studios including Ramanaidu studio, Annapoorna Studio, Padmalaya, Ramoji Film City are located in Hyderabad. Movie mogul Ramanaidu constructed a new studio in Visakhapatnam but it is still in budding stage and cannot handle all the work at this juncture.
President of Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce NV Prasad said: “With the great efforts by DVS Raju, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishna and others, the film industry was shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad during NTR’s regime. Though no one had demanded that Telugu film industry should relocate, many film makers feared huge drop in the business activity after bifurcation. Certainly, the division of the State is a big blow to Tollywood.”
Only silver line is both Andhra and Telangana artists, technicians, financiers and others work together to make any film in Tollywood. The industry provides livelihood to people of all regions. So, the division’s impact will not be there in the long run though it creates emotions temporarily, a few trade analysts said. Meanwhile, Ramayyya Vastavayya and Doosukelta will be released as per the original schedule in both the regions.