Top Bollywood Directors May Boost Local Economy: Khan
Top Bollywood directors Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla are hoped to boost the local economy following a visit next month.
Nadi businessman Bobby Khan confirmed yesterday, the brothers, known for directing Bollywood films in the thriller and action genres, will be looking out for favourable shooting locations here.
Also Mr Khan’s best buddy, Bollywood’s famous Actor/Comedian Johnny Lever is coming in February too.
The brothers have frequently cast top Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, and Kareena Kapoor in their work.
The duo directed landmark Bollywood films like Khiladi, Baazigar, Soldier, Ajnabee, Baadshah, Aitraaz, Humraaz, 36 China Town, Race and Race 2.
Mr Khan met with the two during his visit to India a week ago.
“Last week I have been to India and I had convinced some of the directors to come to Fiji and it’s a beautiful place to do some movies here,” he said.
“We need to get stars here to Fiji to shoot some movies.
Mr Khan said other Bollywood directors are also interested.
“Abbas Mustan are coming to see the location and they are planning to shoot a movie here this year.”
He said there are a lot of things happening in Bollywood and the other things they said they need good cars.
Mr Khan, a sports car enthusiast, also promoted Fiji on the improved infrastructure and the use of cars.
This includes a Ford Mustang V8 (2016 model).
The only such car on Fijian soil was imported on New Years for his son.
“We have gone far ahead, and there are a lot of sports cars which can be used for Bollywood movies,” Mr Khan added.
“Beautiful islands scenery and thanks to the Government through the Film Fiji incentive and rebate put in place.”
In 2012 movie Player, Mr Khan had assisted the same directors in the movie starring Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu.
“I love to keep luxury vehicles.
“The movie Players starred Abishek Bachchan, a big Bollywood movie, where they used my house and cars in the film shooting.”
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