The 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) opened and closed with films that have a strong Indian connection, Life of Pi and Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, respectively. IFFI also showcased other films shot in iconic locations of India, like Save Your Legs that as released in Australia; Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and The Namesake, which is considered to be one of the best tourism commercials for India.
The number of international films being shot in India has seen a steady increase recently. In August, Ashton Kutcher was in India to shoot for jOBS, the Steve Jobs biopic. In 1974, Steve Jobs visited India in search for spiritual enlightenment. To portray that time in the Apple founders life, Ashton Kutcher shot scenes in Safdarjung Tomb, Hauz Khas and the Taj Mahal. Even before that, Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet were in India to shoot for Eat, Pray, Love (2012) and Holy Smoke (1999), respectively. They shot in various locations in Delhi, Kolkata, Haridwar, Varanasi, Pondicherry and Mumbai.
These are examples to show that India’s importance as a destination for international filmmakers is steadily increasing. The fact that these movies are winning international film awards just add to India being tagged a filmmaking giant.