Big on mountains and romantic vistas, the South Caucasus country of Georgia this year has a starring role in two Indian films; an international prominence that many Georgian film professionals hope could advance the fortunes of their long-struggling industry.
In the Tamil-language gangster flick “Billa 2,” released in July, the capital city, Tbilisi, holds center stage. In “A Second World” (“Irandam Ulagam”), a Telugu and Tamil-language fantasy film by director Selvaraghavan, the regions of Tusheti, Kakheti and Samtse-Javakheti form an alien world where star-crossed lovers find parallel versions of themselves.
But Indian and Georgian directors and producers alike warn that Georgia will need more than captivating scenery and English-speaking crews to attract the cinematic big-time.
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Molly Corso is a freelance journalist who also works as editor of Investor.ge, a monthly publication by the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.