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Multi-million dollar Bollywood movies to be shot in Fiji

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

THE production of two multi-million dollar Bollywood movies is expected to start in the country in a few months.

One of the movies will be based on a love story with a suspense angle and murder mystery while the other would be on Fiji.

Manisha Bajaj of Harikrit Films in India said the first movie titled Page No.217 had a budget of between $7million and $9m.

"The other movie which we are planning to make straight after the first one will be more expensive and the two movies are budgeted at around $30million," she said.

The producer and director was introduced to Fiji by her friend, Babita Kumar, who also hails from India but has been residing here for the past 10 years.

"She told me about the beautiful locations in Fiji and other things and I came down to do the groundwork for the film," she said.

Ms Bajaj said half of the cast for the first film would be from India and she planned to rope in Fijians to make up the full cast.

"Fiji has a lot of beauty and it has a lot to show to the world. I wish to explore some islands for my movie.

"The benefit here is there are some untouched locations unlike in India where movies have been produced in almost every corner. I want to add something new to my work and we have a passion to make something different. I believe in doing little but doing good and I believe in quality instead of quantity."

Ms Bajaj said she found the people of Fiji very nice and she thanked the government for the support.

She leaves the country for India today and will return in June to start the production of her first movie.