THE movie boom continues with the arrival of Bollywood star Ashmit Patel and Pakistani screen siren Veena Malik for the shooting of Super Model.
The duo arrived as filming of English rock legends Status Quo's first full-length feature movie continues on Denarau Island and New Delhi Television wrap-up shooting Life's a Beach at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa at Natadola.
Fiji Audio Visual Commission acting CEO Florence Swamy confirmed the arrival of Patel and Malik and the involvement of locals in the Bollywood production. "The film will be shot mainly in Nadi ù around Denarau Island in hotels, homes and bars and at the airport, beaches and various scenic locations.
"A large number of locals will be hired in various capacities as junior artists, dancers and crew. While we have not been informed of the final figure, we believe numbers will be close to 60," she said.
Malik's journey to stardom, which began in 2000, was boosted as a contestant on Hindi reality television show Bigg Boss and further bolstered by controversy when she appeared topless on the cover of FHM magazine last year.
Following in the footsteps of his famous sister Amisha Patel, Ashmit first enjoyed commercial success in the 2004 Bollywood thriller Murder before going on to star in movies such as Fight Club - Members Only and Toss.
Bollywood media has gone into a frenzy at the announcement of the duo starring together because of rumours of off-screen romance after on-screen intimacy on the Hindi reality TV show.