Odisha CM lays foundation for re-development of iconic Kalinga Studio

Bhubaneswar: As part of the re-development plan for Kalinga Studio, a state-of-the-art infrastructure will come up at the cost of Rs 200 crore. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid the foundation stone for the project.

Patnaik said the entertainment industry will receive a massive boost promoting art, culture and heritage along with cinema due to the project. Also, it will create large scale employment opportunities for the people in film, media, and entertainment industry.

The project concept and master plan has been designed by M/s Grant Thornton Bharat LLP. It will be executed by IDCO.

The construction and landscaping of the core support area is expected to be completed by December 2022.

It envisages direct employment for around 2,000 in film, media, and entertainment sector along with indirect and induced employment generation of more than 10,000.

The studio will be re-developed spreading into three different zones modern infrastructure that includes multi-sized indoor shooting halls, make-believe shooting locales, theme based parks, post-production facilities such as dubbing and mixing studio, animation work station, editing suite, DI (Digital Intermediate) Studio, preview theatre, directors’ room, space for brainstorming, script narration, casting, recording lab, radio and media houses and many other facilities.

Along with film production, the studio proposes to contain comprehensive fun, entertainment, and a leisure hub.

The infrastructure includes live performance stage, adventure parks, kids play area, water games, castle view, snow world, iconic points etc along with boarding and lodging facilities for the film crew, and space for social and cultural gatherings.

Established in 1980, the studio had a significant role in changing the face of Odia cinema. During that period, the studio was the only film studio with all best equipment in the Eastern Region of the country.

The infrastructure will create a film industry eco-system which would help develop not only the Odia movie Industry, but also cater to many downstream affiliates of the sector in the larger entertainment and creative services industry.

Among others, Industries Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra, OFDC Chairman Satybrata Tripathy, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra , Industries Principal Secretary Hemant Sharma, IDCO CMD Sanjay Singh, IPICOL MD NB Jawale were present on the occasion.

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