Bollywood moguls in Israel to explore joint movie venture

Visit comes as the Jerusalem International Film Festival is premiering “Gangor”, a film by producer Vinod Kumar, managing director at of Motion Pictures and Secretary General of the Film Foundation of India.

By GLOBES’ CORRESPONDENT
July 11, 2011 05:01
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Bollywood star Pawan Kalyan (right)

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A first-ever Bollywood delegation is visiting Israel this week to explore joint ventures and scout location sites.

The Bollywood moguls include the heads of some of India’s largest film and television companies.

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The visit comes as the Jerusalem International Film Festival is premiering “Gangor”, a film by producer Vinod Kumar, managing director at of Motion Pictures and Secretary General of the Film Foundation of India.

The nine-member delegation will meet top Israeli directors and producers, including Globus Group Israel Studios chairman Yoram Globus and Globus Group CEO Israel Horowitz.

It will also meet Jerusalem Venture Partners partner Uri Adoni and New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and Television chairman Renen Schorr.

Film Federation of India secretary general Supran Sen said, “I have visited all the important film festivals in the world and have always dreamed of visiting Israel, especially Jerusalem. I am very much fascinated by this visit.”

Bollywood’s grosses $20.4 billion annually, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Walkwater Media filmmaker Abhishek Sharma said, “I am eagerly looking forward to meeting the filmmakers and creative talent from Israel.

This is a golden opportunity for the artists of the two countries to explore areas and themes of common interest and take the relationship between our two industries to the next level. With a country that is so rich in talent and culture, our Israeli counterparts can surely enrich and contribute to the colorful film industry of India.”

Project Interchange executive director Sam Witkin said his organization “is proud to host this first-ever visit to Israel by Indian film industry leaders,”, adding, “This is part of a broad initiative by Project Interchange and AJC to deepen bilateral ties between Israel and India.”


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