Vienna: As the multi-billion dollar industry called Bollywood searches for new foreign locations for shooting, Austrian president, who loves Hindi films, wants them to come and set shops here.
Bollywood figured in the bilateral talks held between President Pratibha Patil and her Swiss counterpart Heinz Fischer here on Wednesday.
“The president (Heinz Fischer) knows a lot about India and has lot of interest in India. He talked about Bollywood during his discussion. He likes Bollywood a lot. His economic minister also likes Bollywood,” minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajeev Shukla, who is also accompanying the President Patil on her state visit to the country, told PTI.
Austrian President Heinz Fischer (R) welcomes Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil (C) and her husband Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat in his office in the historic Hofburg palace in Vienna, 5 October 2011. Reuters .
He said the Fischer wants Bollywood directors and producers to come to Vienna and Austria to shoot and make use of the beautiful locations here.
“We told them that Bollywood keeps going to Switzerland and they need new locations. And that if you give any attractive packages and concession to them, they will definitely come,” Shukla said.
He added, “And they are ready for it. They want Bollywood shooting to take place in Austria rather than other European countries.”