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Local movie on highway to new year release

Avinesh Gopal
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A MOVIE made in the local Hindi language and shot entirely in Fiji will be released soon.

The world premiere of Highway to Suva will be held in Fiji early next year, according to the film writer, producer and director Vimal Reddy.

Mr Reddy said compared to his previous movies, Adhura Sapna (2007) and Ghar Pardes (2009), the budget for Highway to Suva was "reasonably high".

His latest movie revolves around a bus journey from Lautoka to Suva with several different characters on board.

"The two central characters are teenage lovers, who elope and end up in the same bus," he said.

"Their families are not happy with their affair so they run away from their homes and as they pass by the towns, there is certain drama.

"While the police are looking for them, the bad guys are also looking for the same girl because of some mix-up.

"It's a reasonably high-budget movie compared to my previous two movies which did very well."

Mr Reddy said he had to hire a cinematographer from India for his latest movie and songs were also professionally recorded in India.

"The movie is of Bollywood quality but it's completely in the Fiji-Hindi language and I'm sure people will like it.

"I will hold the world premiere for the movie in Suva and there will be simultaneous screenings in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne."

Mr Reddy, who is originally from Malele in Tavua, now resides in Australia but his love for Fiji remains strong.

With movies fascinating him from a very young age, his interest in making movies remained although he worked as an accountant.

"It was not until 2004 that he started planning to make Adhura Sapna, a movie which he finally produced and directed on a trial basis.

The lead male actor in his latest movie is from India while the lead female actress hails from Saweni in Lautoka.

"People will be pretty proud of this latest movie as it's of good production value but yet a very authentic Fiji style movie," said Mr Reddy.