Foreign filmmakers flock to India
India is now a hot destination for foreign film production units with major Hollywood studios including Fox Worldwide and Columbia Pictures lining up.
Bond’s boss Judi ‘M’ Dench and Slumdog Dev Patel have been tasting a bit of haveli magic in Udaipur and Tom Cruise may soon be on his way for ‘Mission Impossible-4’.
Apart from well-publicized productions like ‘Life of Pi’ (Fox), ‘MI-4’ (Take One Productions) and ‘Eat Pray Love’ (Waveland), the Julia Roberts flick which was partly shot here last year, more than 40 foreign projects have sought the information and broadcasting ministry’s permission to shoot in India in the past two years.
I&B officials said the ministry has already cleared 11 projects so far this year and nine more are in various stages of approval. Last year, 24 projects were okayed and officials say the response this year is even more enthusiastic.