Soon, an Indo-Turkey film co-production treaty

Rajkumar Hirani’s coming of age monster hit comedy “3 Idiots” is being remade in Turkey for Turkish audiences, the first hopefully, of many film adaptations. Before then, India and Turkey will have signed a co-production treaty which will “pave the way to political, economic, artistic and cultural cooperation and solidarity between the two countries”, Turkey’s Vice Minister of Culture and Tourism, Huseyin Yayman said at a meeting held on the sidelines of the on-going 18th Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI). Specifically,the treaty will “fast track production permits,smoothen legal niceties and give greater access to locales” Erin Yilmaz, Director General Cinema, Ministry Of Culture & Tourism, said in response to a question from this correspondent. At present,Turkey offers foreign film-makers an 18 % rebate which may be enhanced next year, Mr Yilmaz said.

Messrs Yayman and Yilmaz are at MAMI as part of a delegation accompanied by the Turkish Ambassador in Delhi, Burak Akcapar and the Consul General in Mumbai,Erdal Sabri Ergen. A large delegation was also present at the three day FICCI Frames Global Conference held earlier this year but the 45 member delegation at this year’s MAMI is,arguably, the biggest ever to attend any film festival anywhere.

Led by Birol Güven, President of the TV & Film Producers Professional Organisation,(TESIYAP) the delegation includes Burhan Gün,General Secretary,TESIYAP, Reha Erdem, Head of the Jury of the India Gold Competitive section at MAMI this year, CEOs of leading Turkish Production Houses and TV Channels; Sarp Levendoglu, Kaan Tasaner,Hazal Kaya, the lead actors and actress from the popular Turkish drama series Little Lord,Fatmagul and Feriha which have been telecast on Indian channels.
Ms Kaya said her favourite Indian actors were Deepika Padukone and Amir Khan and that she was open to acting offers in Indian films. Interestingly, there is already a Turkish import making waves in Bollywood, named Suha Gezen whose second film is under production. Her co-star in her debut film was Jimmy Shergill. (The Bollywood showcase at the Istanbul Film fest attracted full houses, a delegate said.)

Also part of the delegation are several top producers and CEOS of Turkish production houses and TV channels; Alin Tasçiyan,film critic & current President of FIPRESCI (International Federation of Critics) and directors Cagan Irmak, Omer Faruk Sorak, Murat Seker,Umit Koreken, Gozde Kural and Faruk Hacihafizoglu; the last-named three have films in the package of ten being screened at MAMI. These are: My Mother’s Wound (director,Ozan Açiktan),Album (Mehmet Can Mertoglu), The Bride (Ömer Lütfü Akad), Snow Pirates (Faruk Haci Hafizoglu), Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan), Ember (Yönetmen Zeki Demirbukuz), Blue Bicycle (Ümit Köreken), Dust (Gözde Kural), Whisper If I Forget (Çagan Irmak),and Eight Seconds (Ömer Faruk Sorak). The opening film,My Mother’s Wound is a moving story about the trials and tribulations of an orphan who finds love.

Tesiyap organised the Turkey Country Focus program with support from the Turkish Consulate in Mumbai. An Indo-Turkish Forum of Entertainment for the Film & TV industry was also held as part of the program. Tesiyap exports TV shows to 92 countries reaching more than 400 million viewers; it also protects the rights of its members, and represents them at national and international platforms.

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