India's National Film Development Corporation has invited buyers from the former USSR, China and Japan to attend the Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) being held in Delhi.
Akhmadjon Kasimov of TV and Broadcasting Company of Uzbekistan and an exhibitor at the Film Bazaar told ScreenDaily.com that 'in Tashkent Hindi films play to packed houses.'
Among recent films to have been released in Tashkent are Aamir Khan's Lagaan and Shah Rukh Khan's Chalte Chalte which were dubbed in local language. In addition, three Hindi films: Alibaba Aur 40 Chor, Shikaari and Ajooba have recently been shot in Uzbekistan.
P. Parameswaran, director of The National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) told ScreenDaily.com that 'NFDC is in discussion with Uzbekistan TV for a package of 150 Indian films". NFDC has also signed a deal with Sri Lanka TV to sell its productions: Making Of The Mahatma, Trishagni and Malayalam film Agni Sakshi'.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Indian Information and Broadcasting minister told ScreenDaily.com ' there is a lot of excitement among the foreign participants and the Indian entertainment sector is growing and I am happy about the response to the Bazaar this year.''
The 34th edition of the film festival - from October 9 to 19 in New Delhi is likely to be the last IFFI to be held in the capital before being shifted to its new permanent venue of Goa.