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Pilot joins Bollywood scene

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, May 04, 2012

LOCALS have been heavily involved in the making of Bollywood movie Supermodel which is being shot in and around Nadi.

Apart from being hired to work the heavy-duty equipment that is used in a standard movie set, some of them were even asked to appear in front of the camera.

Yesterday, movie makers enlisted local pilot Captain Manu Rajappa of Pacific Sun in one of the scenes shot at the Nadi International Airport.

The local airman said his role in the movie was "totally unexpected".

Captain Rajappa played the pilot of the aircraft on which the central characters in the movie arrived in Fiji.

Local promoters of the movie had been contracted to provide necessary equipment for the film said the movie brought financial benefits to their business.

Event Masters co-ordinator Alvin Raj said the movie, once released, would provide a good vehicle to promote Fiji to other countries and to other movie directors in Bollywood.

"It is something to promote Fiji in India and attract even more movie makers into the country," Mr Raj said.

"We want to encourage other movie producers to come to Fiji while the government of the day is giving them an opportunity to come and make their movies here."

So far, the crew have shot scenes at Nadi International Airport, Anchorage Beach Resort, Denarau Island and Natadola's Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa.

The filming of the movie is expected to end on May 9.


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