THE first large scale Bollywood movie Table No. 21 entirely shot in Fiji was released in 1000 screens in India and 150 screens around the world yesterday.
This was confirmed by Fiji Films chief executive officer Florence Swamy in an interview with this newspaper yesterday.
Mrs Swamy said the movie with a budget of approximately $5million soon after its release earned ratings of three and half out of five in India.
She said the movie was an important marketing collateral for Fiji to the rest of the world.
"It shows the best of our tourism properties, the resorts, local talents and the best systems in place for producers to produce movies in Fiji," Mrs Swamy said.
"With its release worldwide, we have just shown the world that it makes business sense to invest in Fiji."
She said the movie would attract a lot of people who were always on a lookout for holiday destinations.
Mrs Swamy said significant amount was spent locally by producers, including the hire of locations, facilities and the hire of local cast and crew.
"A lot of direct investment was made in the making of the film and the film will also access the Film Tax Rebate, which means the producers will provide an audited report," she said. Mrs Swamy said the exact investments into Fiji from the movie would be released once the audited report was received.
She said with the successful release of Table No. 21, filmmakers will see that Fiji had all that was needed to produce movies including transparent business process, friendly local services and technical facilities.
It was also revealed that seven feature films were shot in Fiji last year.
The movie, a psychological thriller, is directed by Aditya Datt, featuring model-turned actress Tena Desae with Rajeev Khandelwal and Paresh Rawal.
The movie will also feature about 1000 locals.
Table No. 21 is a story based on the lead actor and actress coming to Fiji where they played a mind game.
The movie is a twisted tale about a couple — the lead actor and actress — out on a lavish holiday to Fiji and how they end up on the Table No. 21 sitting across a mysterious man where they are asked questions and if they lied, they die.
The theme song of the film 'If You Lie, You Die' has been choreographed by Remo D'Souza.