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B'wood, Brit-Indian combo a hot deal

A tie-up between Bollywood and British Indians such as director Gurinder Chadha could mean flow of funds for Bollywood from the Film Council.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2004 12:46 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt

Bollywood producers are expected to seriously consider collaborating with Indian-origin film-makers like Gurinder Chadha and Asif Kapadia following the success of Chadha's Bend It like Beckham and Kapadia's The Warrior that won the BAFTA award for the best film earlier this year.

These films have done well on the American circuit as well. Distributors of Indian films in Britain have reportedly been asked by Mumbai film-makers to furnish returns of the movies made indigenously.

They would be impressed by the report that Bend It Like Beckham, with over £20 million takings in just four months at the Box office, led the list of three other British films in the American Top 15 takings. In fact, Chadha's film is having the best summer at the American box-office.

This is considered a great achievement for a low-budget film. It cost just £4 million and none of its stars were known. It is said that the success of such films would induce the Film Council to reorganise the way the lottery money is distributed. A big chunk could go to films with Indian themes with a British background, which means more movies based on stories and issues relating to Indians living in this country. Bollywood producers could be lured by the low cost and availability of funds from the Film Council.

First Published: Jan 06, 2004 11:57 IST