Boris Johnson in India

London Mayor Boris Johnson is on a six-day trip to India to promote business links with London

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Boris tells India 'Make more movies in London'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson bumps into Bollywood actress Kajol as he arrives in Mumbai Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced that two new Indian films are to be shot in London in 2013, as he met with top film and TV producers in Mumbai.

The Mayor, who is on a visit to India to strengthen economic and cultural links with the country, today met with top level Indian filmmakers and producers in the film-making capital Mumbai and urged them to make London their movie set of choice.

Boris Johnson wants more Bollywood films shot in London Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The third film in India's hugely successful Housefull franchise - Housefull 3,starring Akshay Kumar - will be entirely filmed in London and the Mayor has also invited the film's producer Sajid Nadiadwala to shoot his directorial debut Kick, starring Salman Khan, in the capital.

The Mayor said: "I'm thrilled that Sajid Nadiadwala has chosen London as the backdrop fornot one, but two of his brand new blockbusters. As our recent World Cities Culture Report shows, London and Mumbai are major players on the international stage for creativity and the arts.

"I want to make it as easy as possible to film in the city, whether you want to feature an iconic landmark as a backdrop, take advantage of our second to none post-production facilities, or be amongst the first to use our incredible Olympic Park as a location."

Boris gets armed guard in Mumbai

Boris Johnson is being given the full VIP treatment on his arrival in India's trade capital Mumbai - with an armed guard keeping watch outside his hotel room.

The London Mayor - on the final leg of his tour to promote British businesses in India - is being given a full security detail during his stay in Mumbai's five star Taj Land's End hotel.

A source said: "There's four or five guards on his floor, although one does look a bit dozy."

Mayor to meet Bollywood film makers

Boris Johnson bumps into Bollywood actress Kajol Devgn, Nov 28 Credit: ITN

Mayor Boris Johnson is meeting with senior representatives from the Indian film and television industry to encourage them to shoot more films and dramas in London.Today is his second last day of his tour of India and it is theme for the day is "Creative Industries".

Later, Boris Johnson will visit the Magic Bus project which is designed to promote education and improving life skills for Indian children.


Boris in new Google row

Boris Johnson's trade mission to India this week is all about bringing trade to London. Now the capital's Mayor has used the international platform to anger a multi-billion pound company which has already brought thousands of jobs to the capital.

After saying Google didn't pay tax last week, he's now said the internet search company needs to show a greater commitment to society. Google has hit back.

Business 'against EU withdrawal'

There is no appetite amongst British businesses for leaving the EU, Boris Johnson said today.

The London Mayor said he did not think there was any support amongst the British Establishment for an in-out referendum either.

His comments came after he gave an interview on Sunday as he arrived in India in which he changed his position from backing an in-out referendum on EU membership to supporting David Cameron's calls for a vote on which powers should be returned from Brussels to Westminster.

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