After the Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced his plans of setting up the Cinema City on a par with Hollywood to give fillip to the cinema and TV industry in the state state government has started scouting for suitable land to set up the mega Cinema City that will be spread over 2,000 acre near the city.
Industry department officials say the area is suitable to set up the Cinema City as the Shamshabad airport is just 25 km away and the site lies along the NH-65 and ORR, providing world-class connectivity. It is also close to Ramoji Film City, just 10 km, and the TS governmentâ€™s Cinema City is expected to give tough competition to the Film City., Rachakonda is spread over 35,000 acre and the entire land belongs to the government and there will be no need to spend huge amounts to acquire land from private parties.
Recent Tollywood films such as the Pawan Kalyan starrer Gabbar Singh and the Prabhas starrer Rebel were shot here. The climax scene of the Mahesh Babu starrer Aagadu is also currently being shot at Rachakonda hills . The only hurdel is the proposal by Army to up a Rachakonda Field Firing Range (RFFR) sponsored by the Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) .Though 5,630 hectare of forest land, out of 6.975 hectare leased out to the Army in November 2013. the works are yet to begun.