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Georgia Looks to India for a Cash-Rich Cinema Comeback

Crew members in Sighnaghi, Georgia, prepare to shoot a scene for "Second World," a Bollywood feature film starring Jamshad Cethirakath and Anushka Shetty and the second large Indian movie to be made in Georgia. The Georgian government and the country's growing domestic film industry is hoping more Indian - and other foreign - film productions will help create employment and opportunities for Georgian actors, directors, and producers. (Photo: Molly Corso)

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.

Georgia Looks to India for a Cash-Rich Cinema Comeback

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