Mumbai's rail commuters may find an unusual fellow-traveller this week in UK Prime Minister-in-waiting Gordon Brown, making his first official visit to India. It is believed that security permitting, he will take a trip on a local on the route of the 7/11 bombing atrocity. The UK Chancellor will also be visiting Yash Raj Films in Andheri.
Mr Brown is leading a high-profile 150-strong trade delegation, accompanied by Alistair Darling, UK trade and commerce minister. The visit will take the delegation to meetings in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi and since the focus of the trip is clearly to increase trade and economic ties between Britain and India the forthcoming India/UK Film Co-Production Treaty is almost certain to feature in those talks. The Chancellor will be in India from January 17 to 19.
Bollywood fans visiting any part of Britain in the next few weeks could run into Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Yash Chopra or Aamir Khan, or an Indian crew shooting in the sylvan countryside.
Bollywood is certainly in focus in Britain this year......
Bollywood films are to be featured at the London Film Festival this year. Bollywood filmmakers in Cannes met up with organisers of the festival to explore the possibilities of showcasing Indian films. The festival is presented by the British Film Institute and is scheduled to begin on August 7.
It's a real rags-to-riches story of the Hollywood variety, but this is a tale of a poor but talented auto-rickshaw driver who has now become a Bollywood film producer, director and actor.
39-year-old Waqqr Khan, from Uttar Pradesh, is apparently semi-literate, but has produced his film Ishq Na Karna, after working as an auto-rickshaw driver in Mumbai for 16 long years.