Bollywood Stars Arrive in Israel in Bid to Boost India-Israel Ties

Members of Indian film community arrive in Israel as part of 'Project Interchange' to explore joint ventures, scout location sites, attend Jerusalem International Film Festival tour country.

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A group of Indian Bollywood stars are set to arrive in Israel on Sunday to explore joint ventures and scout location sites as part of the American Jewish Committees (AJC) Project Interchange in conjunction with the Australia/Israel Jewish Affairs Council.

The projects Executive Director, Sam Witkin, called the exchange part of a broad initiative by Project Interchange and AJC to deepen bilateral ties between Israel and India.

India film festival in Toronto.Credit: AP

The Bollywood moguls will be attending the Jerusalem International Film Festival that began last week and will run through Saturday.

I have visited all the important film festivals in the world and have always dreamed of visiting Israel, especially Jerusalem, said senior delegation member Supran Sen, Secretary General of the Film Federation of India. I am very much fascinated by this visit.

Gangor, an Indian film by prominent producer Vinod Kumar who is Managing Director at Nirvana Motion Pictures and Secretary General and Founding Member of the Film Foundation of India, will be screened at the festival. Kumar is currently in Israel as part of the exchange program.

The Indian delegation is comprised of nine Indian film professionals, and will meet with Israels leading directors and producers, such as Yoram Globus, head of Globus Group Israel Studios, and Israel Horowitz, Globus Group CEO and General Director. The group will also meet with key figures in Israeli technological innovation, including Jerusalem Venture Partners Chair and Partner Uri Adoni, and Renen Schorr, Chairman of the New Foundation for Cinema and Television.

"I am eagerly looking forward to meeting the filmmakers and creative talent from Israel, said filmmaker Abhishek Sharma, of Walkwater Media. This is a golden opportunity for the artists of the two countries to explore areas and themes of common interest and take the relationship between our two industries to the next level. With a country that is so rich in talent and culture, our Israeli counterparts can surely enrich and contribute to the colorful film industry of India."

The delegation will tour throughout Israel, visiting Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Masada and the Dead Sea, all while looking for potential filming sites.

We from India come with our strengths, to learn of your strengths, so that we can collaborate and take our love and passion for cinema to the next level, said Threes Company Productions Producer and Director Shirish Kunder.

The group will meet with meet with political figures as well and will be addressed by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, and other influential figures across the political and social spectrum.

"I find that Israelis and Indians both have strong family bonds, observed Producer Sundeep Bobby Bedi, Kaleidiscope Studios Founder. I look forward to a heightened creative interaction.

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