Russia and India Mull Resuming Co-Production

The two countries actively collaborated in the film area until the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s

Russia and India are considering the resuming film co-production, which stopped over 20 years ago following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

"India has expressed interest in film co-production with us," Yelena Milovzorova, Russia's deputy culture minister, was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency TASS. "I think this is very interesting. Several generations of Russians grew up with Indian films."

She added that there is potential interest in Russia in films co-produced with India, and nostalgia for times when Indian films accounted for a substantial share of foreign releases in the Soviet Union would also boost interest in projects of that kind.

Back in the Soviet era, Western movies rarely made it to the Russian film theaters, and most foreign releases came from the Socialist bloc countries and those with which the USSR had good relations, such as India. These days, however, an Indian film hardly ever gets a Russian release.

The two countries also co-produced films. The pioneering project was the 1958 historic adventure Pardesi (Journey Beyond Three Seas), directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and Vasily Pronin and successfully released in both countries.

According to Milovzorova, the first step towards resuming cooperation between India and Russia in the film area could be made already next year, when movies are to be included in the program of the Indian culture festival in Russia.

Earlier this year, Russia also announced plans for boosting co-production with China.