The authorities from Switzerland are planning to build a grand statue for the late legendary actress Sridevi who has shot in the picturesque locations of Switzerland. In 2016, statue of Yash Chopra was already inaugurated in the country which marks many of his films.
A source from the development team said, "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. In 2011, a train is named after the Yash Chopra as an honour by the Swiss government. Now, considering Sridevi's role in promoting tourism here, there is a proposal to honour the actor by having her statue here."
Sridevi had a successful film career spanning over four decades, she died at the age of 55 due to accidental drowning in Dubai earlier this year.
The source further said, "The 1989 blockbuster 'Chandni' had also put Switzerland on centre stage as almost half the song and dance sequences in the film had a Swiss backdrop. Raj Kapoor's 1964 film "Sangam" was the first Indian film shot in Switzerland, which was followed by "An Evening in Paris" in 1967. Since then Bollywood made Switzerland their favourite shooting location paving way to cement the image of the country's alpine scenery as a romantic paradise for Indians.
Many Indian tourists visiting the country today, it is Chopra's 1995 production 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' which is their Swiss point of reference. The source concluded saying,''Interestingly, for the tourists who happen to be cinema fanatics, there is also a provision to arrange Bollywood packaged trips here''