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After Statue Of Yash Chopra, Switzerland To Honour Sridevi With A Statue

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| September 9 , 2018 , 17:50 IST

Switzerland is and has been one of the favourite destinations for shooting Bollywood films, and the love appears to be mutual. After unveiling a statue of Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra in Interlaken in 2016, Switzerland authorities are planning to install a statue of India's first female superstar Sridevi, whose superhit film Chandni was shot in Switzerland, media reported on Sunday.

"Many of Chopra's films featured Switzerland as a backdrop and he is credited with boosting the popularity of the Alpine nation among Indian tourists. Now, considering Sridevi's role in promoting tourism here, there is a proposal to honour the actor by having her statue here," PTI quoted a senior official as saying.

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Raj Kapoor's 1964 film Sangam was the first Indian film to be shot in Switzerland and was followed up by An Evening in Paris in 1967, and since then numerous films have been shot there. Sridevi starrer Chandni in 1989 had almost half of the song and dance sequences taking place with a Swiss backdrop.

"However, for many Indian tourists visiting the country today, it is Chopra's 1995 production Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge that is their Swiss point of reference. Interestingly, for the tourists who happen to be cinema fanatics, there is also a provision to arrange Bollywood packaged trips here," the official said.

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"Chopra's last movie as a director- Jab Tak Hai Jaan also had Switzerland in its original screenplay however it had to be cancelled due to his sudden demise. There is also a lake which is known as Yash Chopra lake here as he shot many of his scenes at the lake in Lauenensee," the official said.

Earlier in May, Sridevi was honoured at the 71st Cannes International Film Festival for her unparallel contribution to cinema. She was also awarded the Best Actress National Film Award by the government posthumously for her role in Mom.  

Sridevi died of accidental drowning in Dubai on February 24, 2018 at the age of 55 years. The actress had gone to attend the wedding festivities of her nephew Mohit Marwah with her younger daughter Khushi Kapoor and husband Boney Kapoor.