Keen to make Leicester in the east Midlands a hub for Indian film producers, local authorities have initiated an ambitious project called 'Filmpur' that includes a centre to train film professionals.
In recent years,
has figured prominently in Indian films - as a location for shooting as well as themes in stories involving non-resident Indians based here. Britain is also now a major overseas revenue source for Indian films. Britain
Leicester has a large minority of Indian origin, mainly from
Gujarat. The town has close trade and cultural links with Indian towns such as Rajkot, , Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Local authorities have commissioned several studies in recent years on how the town and region could exploit these links. Surat
The drive to intensify links with the Indian film industry is led by the Leicester Shire Economic Partnership -, a body that seeks to foster and promote economic development within Leicester and Leicestershire.
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