Cinema (2018 | Issue 4)

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Indo-German Bollywood Connections

There have been some interesting Indo-German collaborations in the field of cinema in recent years. Considering India and Germany have impeccable cinema pedigree, any partnership adds great value and enhances the already strong ties between both countries. What’s Up, Germany? looks at select Indo-German affiliations in film.

To commemorate 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic relations, the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg paid tribute to the Oscar-winning music composer AR Rahman. Held in 2012, the five-city concert tour, Classic Incantations, was part of the collaborative celebration “Germany and India 2011–2012: Infinite Opportunities”. The audience was in for a rare treat as musicians performed Rahman’s film scores. Just imagine more than a hundred orchestral musicians playing songs from Swades, Bombay, Roja, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours live in an auditorium! How special is that?! Though the orchestra performed back in 2012, the memories of the performance are still fresh in the minds of those who were lucky enough to be there.