Panaji: Keeping in mind the fact that the Taj Mahal was dropped from the Uttar Pradesh government’s tourism paraphernalia, government of Uttar Pradesh is considering Agra monument as one of the top USP while pitching for a film shooting destination to filmmakers at the IFFI.
As per the statement given by the Awanish Awasthi, Chairperson of ‘Film Bandhu’, the state’s film promotion body, both Mughal Emperor Shahjahan’s monument of love, as well as, the precincts of Ayodhya are two of the top potential backdrops for film shoots in the state.
“Our Pradesh (state) has everything. We have the Taj Mahal, we have the history of Lucknow, plus we have the Ganga, Benaras, Ayodhya and we have the ‘Kumbh’ coming up.
“We would want everyone to come to our region. We have the Buddhist circuit, we have the Kumbh circuit, the Ram circuit,” Awasthi said on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India which got underway on Monday in Goa.
There is an image of Taj Mahal seen in one of the backdrops of the website of Film Bandhu.
Awasthi’s statement has come after weeks the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department had dropped the reference to the spectacular Taj Mahal from tourism paraphernalia.
Apparently, a debate also broke out over the origin of the Taj Mahal, with several Bharatiya Janata Party and Hindu right wing leaders claiming the monument was originally a Hindu temple called ‘Tejo Mahalaya’, dedicated to Lord Shiva.