India, Brazil sign co-production pact


NEW DELHI -- India and Brazil this week signed an audio-visual co-production agreement during Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva's state visit to India, the government said Wednesday.

The agreement aims to benefit the film industries of both countries, giving "producers an opportunity to pool their resources to co-produce film and television programs."

India's information and broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi and Brazil's Minister of external relations Celso Amorim signed the agreement Monday, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said in a statement from New Delhi.

In addition to promoting filming locations in both countries, the agreement encourages Brazilian companies to outsource animation, special effects and other post-production activities to Indian companies.

Parts of one of 2006's biggest Bollywood blockbusters, "Dhoom 2" (Uproar), were shot in Rio de Janeiro.

India recently signed a similar co-production agreement with Germany and is in the process of updating a 1985 agreement with France.