After Europe, America and the Far East, Indian television and
Bollywood has discovered a new site for its shoots --- the historic
city of Istanbul, in Turkey.
The latest to drop by at the plush Park Hotel in the city were
the cast and crew of television soaps Kasauti Zindagi Kay and
Kkasam Se. Eight episodes of Kasauti have already been canned in
the city. In return for footing the bill of the unit, the Turkish
ministry expects that the picturesque scenes on screen will lure
Indian tourists to the country.
Bollywood director Apoorva Lakhia (of Shootout at Lokhandwala
fame) is also scheduled to shoot part of his forthcoming film
Mission Istanbul in Istanbul . Last year, Mani Ratnam had visited
the city with Abhishek Bachchan and Mallika Sherawat to shoot a
scene in Guru.
beauty of the city has left the Indian visitors enthralled, the
localites there are equally fascinated with Bollywood. Karan
Johar's Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna was screened at 26th International
Istanbul Film Festival in March-April on popular demand. Hope we
Indians get to see more of Turkey on screen and off it, too.
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