Shooting a jail scene for films is set to become a tad more expensive with the state government doubling the per day charges for shoots inside and outside the prison to Rs 30,000 and 15,000, respectively. The revision in charges is being effected after almost a decade.
For shoots up to five days, the new charges are Rs 60,000 inside the prison precincts and Rs 35,000 outside. Beyond this, the state will charge an additional Rs 5,000 every day.
The government has, however, shown consideration for films made by government-run film corporations, which will be eligible for a 50 per cent discount. Films based on the freedom struggle or on the life of freedom fighters will also be eligible for the discount. The state has also decided that it will review the rates again after three years now.
There are 38 prisons in the state with 24,000 prisoners. Prisons generate an annual revenue of Rs 10.8 crore through various means, including film shoots.
The state has also issued strict guidelines for shooting a jail scene, setting conditions that the name of the prison should be covered and the prisoners and officers would not be shot. There will also be a precondition that the film crew would not make any contact with the prisoners.