Chennai: Film producers or documentary makers desirous of shooting at a glitzy metro rail station or on a swanky train can do so for Rs 4 lakh an hour. While anything within the next quarter hour will be considered a quarter hour and producers charged a pro-rata amount, they will be allowed an hour to set up the equipment, a Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) notification has said.
The October 8 notification said producers should also pay Rs 15 lakh as caution deposit. “Delhi and Mumbai metros also charge Rs 4 lakh a day for shooting,” said a CMRL official.
The reaction from producers was a bit muted with Tamil Nadu Producers’ Council president ‘Kalaipuli’ S Thanu saying that anyone who can afford that kind of money to produce a movie can approach metro rail. “I cannot comment about the rate fixed by the metro rail authorities,” he said.
The caution deposit, to be submitted as demand draft or banker’s cheque, will be refunded after the shooting bu the amount fixed for dispute/damage during the shooting, if any, will be deducted from the security deposit to be refunded, the notification said.
Producers should apply to the deputy general manager-PD, CMRL, Administration Building, CMRL depot, PH Road, Koyambedu.
An undertaking given to CMRL should also declare that the submitted script has no reference, direct or indirect, to terrorism and that metro rail will not be projected adversely. It should also include a “thanks to Chennai Metro Rail Limited” message.