More of India’s biggest blockbusters will be filmed right here in Victoria, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to establish the state’s first ever dedicated Indian Cinema and Bollywood Attraction Fund.
Alongside Bollywood superstar Rani Mukerji, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the investment at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
The $3 million fund will help attract Indian film projects to the state, with Film Victoria working closely with India’s biggest production studios, and offering grants worth up to 25 per cent of their spend in Victoria. “The investment is expected to attract a minimum of four blockbuster films to our state over the next three years, growing the local film industry, creating local jobs and bringing Victoria and India even closer together,” said Mr Andrews.
“As the proud home of our nation’s biggest Indian community, it’s only fitting that we’re home to Australia’s Bollywood industry too,” said Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, adding, “For local producers and artists, this will provide an opportunity to collaborate and create something uniquely Victorian and Indian.”
Eclipsing Hollywood, India’s film industry is the biggest in the world, last year recording a 27 per cent increase in revenue.
Victoria has previously played host to a number of Indian film productions, including box office blockbuster Chak De India, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Salaam Namaste—the first Indian movie ever to be filmed entirely in Australia.
By bringing even more Indian films to our state, a re-elected Labor Government will grow Victoria’s economy, attract new visitors and provide the opportunity to celebrate, collaborate and create uniquely Victorian and Indian films.