"Films can bring countries together"
Director-actor Farhan Akhtar, whose last film "Don 2" was not only shot in Germany but was co-produced by a German company says such collborations can bring countries together.
The 38-year-old filmmaker said that the film which has been co-produced by Mathias Schwerbrock, is the first actual co-production in Bollywood.
"It is the first time that a foreign national has directly been associated with an Indian motion puicture. It is a first of it's kind. Films that are shot in foreign location not only add up to the story but also helps in strengthening ties between two countries. "Don 2" is a product from two major film producing countries," Farhan said.
"Don 2" will be screened at Berlin International Film Festival, on the third day of the 11 day event and is also scheduled to release in German cinemas on Febraury 16.
"It feels great that the film will be screened in Berlin. The whole cast and crew had a wonderful time shooting there. The local crew did open the doors for us. Once we were together on making the film, they proved to be extremely helpful," he said.
The director also said that he zeroed down Berlin as the location for the film because he wanted the city to be on the Bollywood screens.
"When I came to Berlin on holiday in 2007 I was amazed and overwhelmed by the spirit of the city and most excited to see the mix of architecture, politics, music, cinema and all the signs of a healthy cultural life. Just like my character, "Don", this city is avante garde and cutting edge. Two reasons for me coming here - Berlin is the right location for my film and Berlin has to be on the Bollywood screens," he said. PTI