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REZA PRADHAN   |   Kalimpong   |   Published 02.11.04, 12:00 AM

Kalimpong, Nov. 2: The idyllic locations of the subdivision have begun to attract filmmakers in the region.

For many a filmmaker from Calcutta, the search for ideal locales leads to Kalimpong.

A Tollywood crew is currently here on a 10-day jaunt to shoot the film Teesta. The movie, which stars Debashree Roy and Badshah Moitra, will be shot at locales in Deolo, Rellie and Dr. Graham?s Homes.

Director of the film Bratya Basu said: ?The story revolves arsound the love story of the two protagonists who are teachers. We chose Kalimpong for the shooting of the film as this is the ideal place considering the fact that the story is set in the hills. We chose Dr. Graham?s Homes for shooting the school scenes because it is a well-known and respected institution.?

The film, which is being produced by a new Calcutta-based production house called Srilab Communication Pvt. Ltd, also features stars like Piyush Ganguly, Srila Majumdar and Sanjeevan Guha.

Basu had also shot his previous film Raasta, released in 2003, at Suntalekhola and Samsing in Kalimpong subdivision.

?Kalimpong is an a ideal location where shooting of films is concerned. It has scenic beauty and is aesthetically appealing,? said Basu.

Sanjay Das, the manager of the DGHC?s Deolo Tourist Lodge, said: ?Tollywood is showing an interest in Kalimpong and this is good for the promotion of tourism here. Last year, another film directed by Dulal Bhowmick was shot here at Delo. Stars like Jeet and Reshmi had come for the shoot. Another pro duction house from Tolly- wood has also made bookings for shooting a film in January.?

A song sequence for Tollywood film Mayer Aanchal was shot here last year.

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