Zimbabwe’s Mirazvo Productions on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Economic Trade Organisation (IETO) that would see the Indian cinema industry investing in the local film industry.
The MoU is one of the 20 agreements of co-operation in various areas including mining, agriculture, housing development and information and communication technologies.
IETO director for entertainment films and music Wali Kashvi told NewsDay Life & Style that Zimbabwe was conducive for investment in the film industry.
“Zimbabwe is certainly conducive for investment in the film industry because there are locations which are raw even to Indian cinemas and ready to be explored. Indian cinema always looks for newer locations along with other requirements and I see that it could be a great place for this,” he said.
“This country has its own beauty, peace, culture, beautiful weather and people, however, we only got to know this more deeper when we came and experienced it ourselves.
“Therefore, we would like Indian cinema creators to come and see the actual beauty and weave the country into their stories,”
Kashvi said Zimbabwe had perfect locations that could be used in boosting the tourism economy of the country.
“Very recently, India made a movie with a backdrop of gold mines along with that we have songs with beautiful backdrops including mountains, farmland and more. I don’t see why Zimbabwe cannot be a perfect location to shoot with amazing Victoria Falls in the background, river cruises and animal safaris,” he said.
“There are many opportunities that we are seeing very clearly such as the film education, technical growth, and skills exchange programmes.
“There are a lot of creative minds here, however, they have not been able to get the right platforms and at the right time — the way I see it, it is never too late.”
He added that the Indian market was open to different films from across the world.
“It is not going to be just about beautiful Zimbabwean scenes, but an amalgamation of creative minds. There will be exchange of skills, showing how Bollywood operates and Zimbabwe can further learn the finer elements and vice-versa too,” he said.