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State aims at Vfx, animation biz push 

The Times of India , Jul 20, 2019

State finance and IT minister Amit Mitra on Friday said the government is focused on making Kolkata the visual effects (Vfx) and animation capital of India.

Mitra was speaking at a workshop organized by Webel DQE Academy, an initiative of the department of IT and electronics with DQ Entertainment (International). Quoting a KPMG-FICCI report, he said the growth projection for India in the Vfx industry is Rs 13,170 crore at a rate of 17.2% by 2021.

With Netflix and Amazon Prime doling out exclusive content, the minister said, Our target is to bring these giants to Bengal to produce indigenous content. Today, there are nearly 300 animation studios in India and 15,000-20,000 animators that produce gems like Bahubali. Kolkata must reach that spot.

The minister said a cutting-edge technology centre, catering to AI, analytics, etc, will be set up at Sector V.

On the IT ecosystem in Bengal, he said that TCS will employ around 15,000 IT professionals at their facility that will come up over 15acres at the Bengal Silicon Valley. Jio has taken up a 40acre plot there to build the most advanced internet of things-based artificial intelligence analytics centre in the country. He also urged entrepreneurs to set up similar animation academies.