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Filmmakers preferring foreign spots due to red tapism: Bhatt

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

producer Bhatt feels that red tapism and corruption in 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 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 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 on screen," the producer added.

First Published: Sat, October 19 2013. 18:35 IST