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Yash Chopra was personally invited at the luncheon reception for Australian Prime Minister John Howard jointly organized by The Australian Trade Commission and The Bombay Chambers of Commerce in Mumbai on 7th March 2006.
Mr. John Howard expressed his earnest pleasure about the shooting of the film “Salaam Namaste” in Australia, produced by Yash Chopra and extended the olive leaf to Indian producers to follow in his footsteps.
The Australian Premier discussed various issues of mutual interest and benefits pertaining to Indian and Australian film makers such as exploring the possibilities of co-productions and tapping the shooting potential of picturesque locales of Australia.
“See the film, see the real Australia and we're really happy it was shot there. It’s helped to bring the two countries close.” Mr. Howard said he believed the growing international appeal of its film industry was one of the factors helping put India on the global map. “It's extraordinary, the coverage of the (Indian film) industry,” he told Mr. Chopra.
Mr. Chopra praised the government assistance given to filmmakers. He said. “We're really happy our film was shot there and the cooperation of the government is a great thing.”
The Prime Minister and his wife also personally met Yash Chopra, who presented him with a DVD of his film “Salaam Namaste”. Mr. Howard also met the actors from “Salaam Namaste,” which was shot last year in Melbourne.
This indeed was an honour for Yash Raj Films.