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DD-DW co-production 'Mumbai' takes close look at India's city of gold

MUMBAI: A documentary on the city of Mumbai co-produced by pubcaster Prasar Bharati and German television channel Deutsche Welle (DW) is soon to be telecast on national broadcaster Doordarshan.

The documentary titled (no prizes for guessing) Mumbai, which was co-produced for DW's Transtel series Connecting Cultures, was presented to the media today at Mumbai's Doorshan Kendra at an official screening precided over by Prasar Bharati CEO KS Sarma.

Mumbai was shot entirely in India's commercial capital. The production of the documentary was jointly managed by Dr Stephan Kaemph of DW and Mumbai Doordarshan Kendra director Mukesh Sharma. Post production was completed at DW's studios in Berlin.

DW will be dubbing the documentary in German, Arabic, English, Russian and some other languages. Prasar Bharati will be telecasting the documentary in English and Hindi and dubbing it into other regional languages as well.

Speaking about his experiences in making the hour-long film, Sharma said, "The USP of the documentary is that the world over broadcasting is getting very expensive and for a pubic broadcaster, it is not commercially feasible unless there is secured funding. I thought it was a good idea to capitalise on a co-production with the public broadcaster in Germany. Also, it is a very good way of showcasing Mumbai on a global platform. One also had to be very careful not to dwell on the not so attractive side of Mumbai. Although we have managed to weave in the uniqueness and the culture of Mumbai and also encompasses the city in a snapshot. For me, personally it was an excellent way of interacting with another culture and truly a learning experience."

The shooting of the documentary took place in Mumbai, while the post production took place in Germany.

The MoU to co-produce the show was signed by DW Television MD Cristoph Lanz and Sarma last year.

Sharma said another co-production that was under consideration was to showcase Einstein's theory of relativity as in 2005 the theory completes 100 years. Here, the show will be shot in Germany and post produced in Mumbai. An excellent way of collaborating crossover resources. Tentatively, the show will be funded by the Planetary Society of India. The format is still unclear and in the process of discussion.

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