BENGALURU: Of late, Namma Metro stations and trains, which have become an integral part of most Bengalureans’ lives, are turning into favourite locations for shooting movies, documentaries and commercial advertisements. And, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) is reaping the windfall. Statistics show BMRCL earned Rs 24.8 lakh from film shooting since 2013-14. The revenue was Rs 4.3 lakh in 2013-14, Rs 4.3 lakh in 2014-15, Rs 1.8 lakh in 2015-16, Rs 6.09 lakh in 2016-17, Rs 4.5 lakh in 2017-18 and Rs 3.9 lakh in 2018-19.Several Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam movies, documentaries and commercial advertisements have been shot at these stations and on trains. Permission was granted to one production house in 2013, four each in 2014 and 2015, three in 2016, six in 2017 and four in 2018. Sequences of Kannada movies, including Ranavikrama, Bharjari, Lucknow to Bangalore and Yaana as well as Tamil films like Imaikkaa Nodigal, documentaries related to government schemes and programmes, commercial advertisements of private global brands were also shot here over the years. Advertisements of several foreign brands have been made on the premises. Cubbon Park, Byappanahalli and MG Road Metro stations are the popular locations. Allowing film shooting is a major source of non-fare revenue for BMRCL as well as promotion of its services. The demand is high from Kannada filmmakers since most moviegoers in Bengaluru can relate to their real life. Every day, an average of 3.70 lakh passengers travel in Metro. BMRCL officials said they allow shooting if production houses agree to meet their conditions. “With a detailed script, Indians need to apply 15 days in advance and foreigners 30 days. The locations to be covered, likely date of coverage and period of shooting must be specified. We scrutinize the script pertaining to sequences of feature films and documentaries involving BMRCL premises and rolling stock,” said an official. He said locations and programme of shooting are examined to avoid disturbance to safe/normal working of trains as well as safety of passengers. “The filmmakers must ensure that there’s no adverse publicity and BMRCL is not depicted in poor light. If it’s in a normal train, shooting with open doors or rooftops is not allowed. No inconvenience should be caused to passengers and staff,” he added. No offensive or dangerous material are allowed to be carried for shooting. “Entry to locopilot’s cabin, smoking or its display or promotion and use of animals—pet or tamed—are also prohibited,” he added.