Ritz Hotel in Hyderabad now open to shoot films
Currently, under the possession of Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation, 103-year-old Ritz Hotel of Hyderabad is now open to shoot films. Though the Hotel has been a location for several films in the 1990’s, the tourism department has started renting it out for film shootings recently.
“We are ready to give access of the premises for any event provided there won’t be any damage to the structure. A film shooting is going on now, and in future also, we are willing to let out space which is lying idle,” averred B Manohar, in-charge MD of the corporation.
Ritz Hotel is also the shooting location of an upcoming Telugu movie. Director Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao has shot the film’s entire climax of nearly 25 minutes here at the Hill Fort palace. A few scenes of recently released Bhagmati were also shot in the same place.
“The corporation is charging about INR 1.2 lakh inclusive of GST for each day’s shoot. We needed a place which is aloof. The architecture and ruins are ideal for our climax sequence. The location with vast open space, bushes, lots of rooms, cellar, terrace etc is an ideal shooting location,” stated Srinivasa Rao.
When asked why would anyone choose Ritz Hotel when real-like movie sets and reputed studios are available, he said, “I agree that even a medium budget movie cannot afford the corporation’s rent but a movie set of similar nature would cost INR 60 lakh to INR 1 crore per day and we have finished our seven-day schedule with INR 7.2 lakh.”