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Bollywood producer Mukesh Bhatt feels that red tapism and corruption in India are driving filmmakers to opt for destinations abroad to shoot films. "Shooting abroad becomes more economical than in India; reason being too many permissions and hassles.
You need 76 various kinds of permissions, right from police, RTO, customs etc. I find it obnoxious," Bhatt said. Bhatt said that the rot runs deep in India and filmmakers have to cough up money to get the work done which is not the case in foreign countries. "We end up giving money over and under the table whereas when we shoot abroad we get a red carpet welcome, it (shooting) turns out to be cheap," he said. Bhatt recalled that Yash Chopra was the first filmmaker to capture scenic beauty of Switzerland in camera and to bring it on the celluloid, which eventually became a famous tourist destination for Indians, especially honeymooners. "I hope things will change soon so that filmmakers can capture the beauty of India on screen," the producer added.