NEW DELHI — Malaysia has opened its doors to the world’s biggest film-making nation to make the country their favoured location to produce more films and TV series.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who described himself as a great fan of Indian movies, said Indian filmmakers could leverage on Malaysia’s unique scenery, culture and diversity.
He said Malaysia was willing to offer incentives to Indian entertainment players.
“I met representatives from the entertainment industry today and they asked me if we can offer incentives,” he said at a gala dinner hosted by the Malaysia-India CEOs Forum in conjunction with his visit to India.
The Indian film industry is the largest in the world in terms of the number of films produced, at between 1,500 and 2,000 films produced every year in more than 20 languages.
Najib told the industry players that Malaysians were huge fans of Indian films, especially Bollywood and Kollywood movies.
“There seems to be a great deal of interest in Indian movies in Malaysia,” said the prime minister.
Also present were his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Tan Sri Krishnan Tan, the Malaysian co-chair of the forum, and Milind Kamble, the forum’s Indian co-chair.
Najib said based on his interaction with the key figures from the business, entertainment, politics and industry fraternity over the last few days, he was confident the best was yet to come for both countries.
He embarked on his third visit to the country as prime minister with a stop in the southern city of Chennai, and also visited Jaipur where Malaysian companies are bidding for six road and highway projects.