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No changes to film plans despite flood

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, April 30, 2012

ALTHOUGH flooding in Nadi over the past month caused severe destruction, it did not deter movie producers of the Bollywood film, "Supermodel" from choosing Fiji as a prime location for their movie.

Producer Ravi Ahlawat said they did not have to make much changes because of the floods.

"The only change that we made was moving our shooting times," he said. "We were supposed to begin shooting at the beginning of April but because of the flooding we had to move it to a later date.

"We were constantly in touch with the government and our stakeholders and they assured us that all the locations would be ready for our shoot."

Mr Ahlawat said upon their arrival in Fiji last week, they found all the locations were just the way they were during their original visit.

"In January when we came here, we found a lot of beautiful places and did not want to shoot in any other place," he said.

Director Naveen Bates said he was also very pleased to work with some locals on his film.

"What we found out about Fijians is that they are very committed and skilled people and I got very good support from them," he said.

Fiji Audio Visual Commission chief executive officer Florence Swamy said the production of the movie has generated employment for about 50 locals.

"There will be about 50 to 55 locals on set all the time and that's very good in terms of employment and of course it is very good for those who will be part of the film," she said.