24 October 2016Last updated

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Abu Dhabi is the hot locale for Bollywood films

Emirates’ film-friendly attitude attracts Bollywood producers; ‘Dishoom’ is the latest to be shot here

28 Jan 2016 | 12:35 pm
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Abu Dhabi is fast becoming the go-to location for Bollywood producers. After the Hritik Roshan-Katrina Kaif blockbuster ‘Bang Bang’ in 2014, and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Baby’, in 2015, another Bollywood film is being shot in Abu Dhabi these days.

Dishoom’, a word that approximates the sound of punch in Hindi, is the third major Bollywood production to be shot extensively in the capital, and stars John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez in the lead roles. It is directed by Rohit Dhawan, and Sajid Nadiadwala, owner of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, is the executive producer.

The cast and crew of Dishoom arrived in Abu Dhabi last week for a 40-day shooting schedule across 30 different locations, the longest feature filming project to date in Abu Dhabi.

‘Abu Dhabi has become the second home for Bollywood producers having secured major productions such as Bang Bang, Baby, and now Dishoom over the past two years,’ says Maryam Al Mheiri, COO of twofour54.

The reason, she says, is that Abu Dhabi offers a comprehensive package to producers looking to film here. ‘Our unique rebate scheme and the diversity of locations position Abu Dhabi prominently on the regional and international production map and we look forward to welcoming more projects to the capital soon,’ she says.

Sajid Nadiadwala was all praise for Abu Dhabi’s cooperation during the filming. ‘We are having a great experience shooting Dishoom in the exotic locations of Abu Dhabi which synchronise seamlessly with my script,’ he says. ‘We scouted all over the world before zeroing down on Abu Dhabi and the teams from twofour54 and Abu Dhabi Film Commission work in great harmony with mine. There’s no doubt Abu Dhabi is a very film friendly place.’