Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has Bollywood on his agenda. During the course of his visit to Mumbai, he met a delegation of filmmakers at Yash Raj Films Studio in Andheri on Wednesday.
The meeting organised by the Russian Embassy was to encourage and improve cultural relations with Bollywood. Apart from Yash Chopra, Amit Khanna, chairman of Reliance Big Entertainment, Ramesh Sippy, Rakesh Roshan, Mukesh Bhatt, Randhir Kapoor, Manmohan Shetty, Puneet Goenka of Zee were also present.
During the relatively short meeting, the Russian delegation managed to strike a chord with Bollywood's big guns. According to Amit Khanna, "The idea was to explore co-productions, shooting in each other's countries, furthering cultural ties with entertainment. It's good to see the Russian President himself initiating this consolidation of cultural relationships."
Rakesh Roshan said, "The Russian president committed a one-window facility for us to visit his country for shooting, promoting and marketing our films," he enthused.
Medvedev also dropped in at the sets of Shah Rukh Khan's superhero fantasy, RA.One. The actor did a little jig with Kareena Kapoor for the President. "It was a nice and amicable meeting. He also complimented on the important role music plays in our films," Kapoor said.