Germany has hosted a string of Indian shoots in recent months, suggesting that it could follow Switzerland, Austria and Ireland (Screen Daily, July 10) as a destination for Indian film productions.
"Places like Switzerland and Austria have made it comfortable for Indian units to come and shoot, but the Germans have also made us welcome", said veteran director Shyam Benegal who shot parts of his historical drama Netaji - The Last Hero in Germany.
The film came to Germany for three weeks in July after shooting in India and Uzbekistan. Berlin-based production services company ips supervised the location shooting at such places as Berlin's Schloss Charlottenburg, and Schloss Marquardt and the Krampnitz barracks near Potsdam as well as Kiel harbour.
Two other Indian films have also recently shot in Germany: Sri Sravanthi Movies' Telegu remake of the Hindi box-office hit Tum Bin (Without You) and the song and dance sequences for Padmalaya Studios/Telefilms' feature film Alai (Wave).
Netaji - The Last Hero is the story of the last five years (1940-1945) in the life of Subhas Chandra Bose who created and led the Indian National Army against the British Raj and formed a provisional Indian government during World War II.
Benegal is also executive producing the project through his own company for producer Sahara Group.