Central Railway has earned Rs 90 lakh this year from permissions granted to film production houses to shoot at locations that fall in its zone.
The earning, which is only for the first quarter (April-May) of the financial year (2013-14), is substantial as CR had raked in only Rs 18 lakh during the same period last year.
“At the close of 2012-13, our earnings were only Rs 1.73 crore. But, this year, we have raked in Rs 90.76 lakh in three months, which is a record of sorts,” said CR’s chief PRO Atul Rane said.
Bulk of the earnings has come in from Yashraj Films that has extensively shot a yet-to-be-released movie, Gunday, at CR locations.
“CR earned Rs 59.63 lakh from this production house alone. Nine other productions houses, including big banners like Rajkumar Hirani Films, Shemaroo Entertainment, Dharma Productions, Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd, etc, have contributed to the earnings,” CR’s PRO AK Singh said.
“In the first quarter of 2012-13, the earning was Rs 18 lakh from five production houses. Last year, a total of 16 banners were given permissions to shoot at locations like CST, Apta, Kaman Road and Wadi Bunder Yard,” Singh said.