After several years of co-productions and joint investments, Hollywood and Bollywood have signed declaration to strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection and commercial cooperation between Indian and Hollywood studios. They will also support the creation of the Los Angeles-India Film Council to increase Indian film production in Los Angeles and vice-versa.
As part of the co-operation, 11 Hollywood projects, including
starring Anil Kapoor and Tom Cruise,
Life Of Pi
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
, will be shot in India. Nine other film projects are awaiting approval. The event’s India spokesperson confirms this and says, “Once the productions begin on these films, various locations will be sorted out and allotted to the film crews as and when they are ready to shoot here.” Actor-producer Anil Kapoor believes that the declaration is an important step for both Hollywood and Bollywood. “Not just for my film, it will go a long way in ensuring that our industries collaborate commercially and creatively,” he adds.
This is the second step towards economic development and cooperation between Hollywood and the Indian film industry this year. In March this year, the two industries came together in Mumbai to launch the Alliance Against Copyright Theft, a Bollywood-Hollywood content protection coalition.
Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa says that after
My Name Is Khan
, Los Angeles is more than happy to welcome more Indian productions. California Film Commissioner Amy Lemisch, Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, Motion Picture Association Asia Pacific president Mike Ellis, and Motion Picture Association India managing director Rajiv Dalal, along with Indian producers Bobby Bedi, L Suresh, and representatives from Reliance BIG Entertainment and UTV Motion Pictures, second his views.
Major Indian productions filmed in Los Angeles include
(1997). Other joint ventures and co-productions between individual Hollywood studios and Indian production houses include
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge
We Are Family
(2007), among others. Productions like
Dum Maro Dum
are slated to release next year.