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Kobalia and Saakashvili now dreaming of Bollywood and MTV2010-11-08 12:24
Welcome results of rapid rejuvenation among Georgian leaders. After key governmental positions were passed to young tenacious hands more and more eccentric proposals on saving Sakartvelo from approaching poverty are made. Not long ago it turned out that support of industry, agricultural development or challenging economic reforms won't take the country out of the debt hole. Like the chipmunks from a famous cartoon Hindu movie makers and US musicians are racing to rescue.
Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili was born more a latent showman than the head of the state. Apparently that is why he tasks his assistants to turn the life of his country into a show. The latest initiative of the leaders has taken observers aback as highly unconventional.
Visiting India Georgian minister of economy and sustainable development Vera Kobalia reported on arrangements made with Bollywood - the Hindu "dream factory" almost as influential as its US analogue in the global movie business.
According to Kobalia, making Hindu movies in Georgia will make the country more touristically attractive. Besides, well-known grandeur of Bollywood films will ensure employment for a vast number of citizens of the Rose Revolution country. "Even if one production company makes a film here, this will keep thousands of people at work for months. Thus, Georgia will have more people employed at the time of the filmmaking", - Kobalia states in all seriousness.
Nika Mchedlishvili, Georgian PM Spokesman also told that Kobalia had met with celebrated Indian actor Amir Khan suggesting that he make a film in Georgia. "When Bollywood decides to make a film in this or that country, the country's tourist potential goes up when the movie is released", - Mchedishvili said to encourage confidence of Mikheil Saakashvili's favorite that such an extraordinary project will be a success.
This time it's Indian movie makers responsible for the bigger part of the billion investment "pie" Kobalia constantly promises to Georgian people. A truly innovative approach to try and raise the country's economy from ruins with the help of the "most important art".
Georgian movie script writers that have not left the country yet, will have to "cook up" a script of the debut film on the order from the country leaders as the first robin in cooperation between Indian ad Georgian movie makers. By all appearances the movie will feature a young girl named Georgia arduously working to buy a piece of scone suppressed by a wicked rajah who expropriated 20% of her tiny land lot. Only brave cowboy Joe, once Georgia's passionate lover, can save the miserable girl. In the end he comes back to the charming heroine punishing the presumptuous villain in the right way. A happy end, dances, songs, waving US ad Georgian flags dominating the screen.
However, if the Georgian version of Zita and Gita does not provoke a fit of Georgiaphilia, Sakartvelo leaders have a contingency plan. According to media reports, the country leaders plan to organize a large-scale MTV festival in Batumi.
At first representatives of the biggest musical channel were skeptical about Georgian government's plans knowing financial problems official Tbilisi faces inviting world celebrities on tour. All the more so that a similar event was cancelled in Azerbaijan - a country that is much better off in terms of economy.