Date: 18th October 2000

Indian Films Find An Audience - In Germany

Indian films are enjoying huge popularity in Germany, the Times of India reported today, noting that "Bollywood" videos are being snatched up not only by the country's growing population of Indians, Pakistanis, Afghans, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans, but by an increasing number of Germans.

The newspaper noted that the Indian film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam packed houses at the recent Berlin International Film Festival and subsequently received rave reviews. German critic Dorothee Wenner told the newspaper: "The film was a refreshing change for many Germans who are getting tired of Hollywood movies with their excesses of violence and sex. It was also interesting for a German to see a film depicting a different cultural background."

Source: Studio Briefing