Giving a fillip to the Spanish connect with Bollywood, Santiago said that Madrid, the Spanish capital, is keen to host this year’s glittering International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) nite in June. If Madrid is chosen to host IIFA then Valladolid, a 50-minute drive away, would add to the luster of the event, promises Santiago.
The Mayor is in Delhi for an event to celebrate the hosting of the Flamenco-India dance show in his city last October 2015, to mark 60 years of India-Spain cultural and diplomatic ties.
“We can showcase Flamenco-India in Valladolid when IIFA is held.
“The famous Hindi movie, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, was shot in Spain; now people are going to Spain because of it. We want something like that for Valladolid,” Santiago said.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, starring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, was shot in Barcelona, Valencia and Seville.
Valladolid is only a 50-minute drive away from Madrid, says Santiago.
The city is strategically located, and connected to Madrid and other key cities through high-sped railway, highways, and also has an airport, he said.
“We are a historic city, with lots of monuments, and lot of scenery. Valladolid is also a smart city, with lots of facilities,” said the mayor, adding that he was to ink a Smart City or twin-city agreement with the Indian city of Aminabad.
“Valladolid is also a classic city in Spain, it is well-located and offers good hotels, infrastructure,” he said.
The city government is also planning to offer fiscal incentives to Indian filmmakers to shoot there, including a tax rebate of 20 per cent for international productions.