South Central Railway film shooting sites gain popularity

Secunderabad (SC):  The South Central Railway is gaining popularity with Bollywood, Tamil and even the Kannada movie industries for shooting.

A fortnight back an untitled movie under the Yash Chopra banner starring Aditya Roy Kapoor was shot at the Nampally station and a few other production houses have also sought permissions.  The SCR has 16 locations that are rented out for shootings and officials say that the popularity stems from the fact that there are very few alternative locations. The industry friendly approach of the SCR also helps. Some of the recent movies that were shot in SCR’s locations were Sitamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, Maryada Ramanna and Julai.

Among the 16 most popular destinations let out for shootings are Necklace Road, Nagapalli, Shankarapally, Godamguda, Lingampalli, Vikarabad, Sadashivpet, Hyderabad Station (Hyderabad-Secunde-rabad section), Timmapur between Kacheguda-Dhone, Kacheguda, Manoharabad (Secunderabad-Nizamabad section), Rajahmundry (Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam section), Kadiyam, Kotala, Madanna-palli Road-Tummanagutta (Guntakal-Chittoor section).

SCR lets out locations as per the demand of the script, trains and even manpower needed for the shootings.

This year permissions for close to 35 films have been given while in 2012 permissions for 20 films had been given.

Though the Ramoji Film City has a railway station and dummy trains in its campus for shootings, many big budget movies are now looking for a larger setting and hence are approaching the SCR, say officials. “We have given permission for Bollywood, Tamil and even Kannada movies though earlier SCR was mainly the favourite of Tollywood producers. There are a few scenic locations on the SCR like the Guntakal-Chittoor section, Kacheguda-Dhone, Tirupati-Chittoor and Hyderabad-Wadi which are popular,” said an official.