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COMMEMORATING THE
CONQUEST OF DAMASCUS
1 OCTOBER 1918

BILLJIM
An India-Australia

(24iii, 15m 33s, 98.9Mb)

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If the Billjim remain snubbed by prominent members of our Australian society, it will be bad karma, but we will have to move on.
That would mean we’ll have to start looking to India Production Companies like Yash Chopra’s Yash Raj Films – they made Salaam Namaste and Chak de India in Melbourne a few years back, see story here.
Unless the Australian government and film organizations at least co-partner with an Indian Film Co it would be very embarrassing.
Imagine shooting our film oversease with foreigners playing Australians. Nonetheless it’s a logical next stop given the famous Indian Lancers (19th King George’s Own Lancers, 5th Cavalry Division) were in the Palestine Campaign too. Critically for our story, one of these Indian brigades held up Lawrence so he couldn’t beat the Australians to Damascus on 1st October 1918.

Going this way would the script could be more of a Bollywood-styled satire on international politics and how the Lawrence myth became historical fact, especially in Australia. Even the National War Memorial in Canberra is an accomplice in perpetuating the sham over the deeds of the Billjim.

Also India has a much more dynamic Bollywood Film Industry. And then there’s the important shared history, the relics of the old British Empire, including  cricket – another example of Australia being upstaged in a big way being the success of Indian cricket’s IPL.

And an Australia-India Co-Production wouldn’t  hurt relations between our 2 countries  give recent Indian student racist bashings.
Brett Lee
would then be ideal in a starring role, particularly as he has now retired from Test cricket.
It’s a serious possibility, and if we do find an Indian partner like Yash Chopra surely the Australian Government should show they are serious about improving India-Australia relations, by helping out with financing.
Also Pete’s partner (Sumitra Kunwar) and mother of Tara is Indian, and has some family connections to Bollywood.

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