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Central Macedonia Gears Up for Bollywood Production

In April 2020, Central Macedonia will be the film location for the first Bollywood production to take place in Greece, the region’s governor, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, announced on Friday.

Apostolos Tzitzikostas, governor of the region of Central Macedonia and Nilesh Malhotra, Indian film actor/director.

Apostolos Tzitzikostas, governor of the region of Central Macedonia and Nilesh Malhotra, Indian film actor/director.

The announcement followed a meeting held between Governor Tzitzikostas and Nilesh Malhotra, an Indian film actor/director.

“I have visited many European countries to shoot films… and I believe that Central Macedonia and Thessaloniki can be at the top of Indian filmmakers’ preferences,” Malhotra said.

According to reports, the upcoming Bollywood production will be a musical and its cast will include four Greek actresses.

On his part, Governor Tzitzikostas said that every possible support will be provided to the Bollywood production through the film office established in Central Macedonia.

The meeting was part of the efforts of Tzitzikostas to place Central Macedonia in the heart of the global cinema industry.

Apostolos Tzitzikostas, governor of the region of Central Macedonia; Nilesh Malhotra, Indian film actor/director; Alexandros Thanos, regional vice governor for Tourism; and Tasos Tzikas, president of TIF-Helexpo.

Apostolos Tzitzikostas, governor of the region of Central Macedonia; Nilesh Malhotra, Indian film actor/director; Alexandros Thanos, regional vice governor for Tourism; and Tasos Tzikas, president of TIF-Helexpo.

“We have been in contact with Hollywood producers in the past and we are already starting the first partnerships in the coming period,” Tzitzikostas said, adding that his goal includes for Central Macedonia to have a significant role and place in Bollywood, as it is a very important film industry worldwide.

Moreover, Tzitzikostas referred to his upcoming visits to India and the United States to strengthen contacts with other Bollywood and Hollywood producers.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Bollywood producers from India is planned to visit Central Macedonia, most likely in November.

The meeting was also attended by Central Macedonia Vice Governor for Tourism Alexandros Thanos and TIF-Helexpo President Tasos Tzikas.

It should be mentioned that India will be the honored country of this year’s 84th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), organized by TIF-Helexpo, scheduled to take place September 7-15.

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