Confirmed: Switzerland to pay tribute to late Sridevi with a statue
In context to pay tribute to the legendary actress Sridevi, Switzerland tourism industry is planning to install a statue of late Sridevi. As, for many songs and dance sequence, Sridevi had been to Switzerland for her special shoots.
Earlier in 2011, Switzerland government had shown the Indian-Switzerland connection by installing the Indian filmmaker, Yash Chopra’s Statue in Interlaken. The government had awarded the honorary title of Ambassador of Interlaken to Yash Chopra and a train is named after him in Interlaken.
Now considering Sridevi’s role in promoting Switzerland tourism through her films, it is said that there is a proposal to honor the actor with her statue. Raj Kapoor’s film in 1964 ‘Sangam’ was the first film to be shot in Switzerland. Since then there have been several Bollywood films which have been shot in the beautiful landscapes of the country.
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Sridevi’s 1986 ‘Chandni’ was a blockbuster of the Era, and for this film almost all the songs were shot in Switzerland.
Switzerland’s India connection is not just limited to Bollywood, said Siby George, Indian ambassador to Switzerland, Liechtenstein and The Holy See (Vatican). “Yoga and Ayurveda are also getting extremely popular here. Most of the cities have Indian restaurants and there are fans of Indian food. Most of the cities have a prominent Indian connect too. Recently, when I visited the Museum of Cultures in Lugano, it had photographs of Mahatma Gandhi taken by renowned Swiss photographer Mr. Walter Bosshard in 1930s. The Swiss Museum of Games, at La Tour-de-Peilz in the Swiss Alps Canton of Vaud at Lake Geneva, houses rare collections of games which trace their origins to ancient India,” George told The Indian Express.