France serenades Bollywood with tax incentives

18th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

MUMBAI, Oct 18 (AFP) - France is offering financial incentives to lure Bollywood producers to its shores, a French official said.

MUMBAI, Oct 18 (AFP) - France is offering financial incentives to lure Bollywood producers to its shores, a French official said.

Franck Pirot, deputy director of Film France, an agency set up by the French government to attract international film shoots, said Value Added Tax (VAT) was refundable on shoots by foreign film crews.

Pirot, in Mumbai this week with a French delegation to meet Bollywood heavyweights, said the agency had put together hotel packages at special rates for Indian crews to film in mountain resorts.

"Six years ago no one in France thought that Indian commercial films will become so big, but now Bollywood is very big in France and lots of people are fascinated by Indian cinema," Pirot told a gathering of Bollywood producers late Monday.

He said the Bollywood flicks 'Lagaan' and 'Monsoon Wedding' were big hits in France and triggered a craze for Hindi movies.

Pirot said thousands of locations in France would suit Bollywood film shoots, noting that the Indian producers of 'Vaada' (Promise) had recently shot a musical number in the French city of Lyon.

Producer Ramesh Sippy said France held strong potential and could emerge as an ideal location for outdoor Bollywood shootings.

"I could consider shooting one of my future films there if the script demands," Sippy said.

"France has beautiful scenery and it would be interesting to watch them on big screen, but we will have to set up a story to go to France and shoot."

British Prime Minister Tony Blair in September signed a joint production treaty with the Indian government to help British and Indian filmmakers make films in both countries.

Switzerland has long been a favourite international destination of Bollywood filmmakers, followed by New Zealand and Australia.

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