ONE of Lautoka's busiest streets came to a standstill as a production of a movie by a Fiji-born man began yesterday.
The movie, Raftaa, or Speed was written and directed by Marimuttu Gopal, a former Lautoka resident who has been a fan of filmmaking his whole life.
"I love movies. It's the whole reason why I wanted to do this project in the first place," he said.
"Raftaa is about things that are happening in our societies today.
"It's about events of today, about what happens to young children and the kind of trouble they get into.
"It's about crime and how it has affected our societies and our families."
He said he wanted to make a movie that touched on the societal impacts that important issues like crime, drugs and alcohol had.
"Some movies that are being made today do not highlight these things, in fact, some of them glorify it.
"So I decided to make a movie that touched on the realities of these things."
Garnering support from the Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and the Lautoka City Council, Mr Gopal said he was grateful to the authorities for their assistance.
LCC special administrator Praveen Bala said the council supported ventures such as filmmaking by locals.
"We support the making of this film because it has an important message in the sense that it encourages locals to venture into filmmaking," Mr Bala said.
"We also think that people should take advantage of the incentives that have been offered by government for filmmakers and producers."