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Fiji-shot film wins award

Avinesh Gopal
Monday, September 23, 2013

A BOLLYWOOD movie shot in Fiji has won the Best Stylish Fashion Film award in India.

The movie, Super Model, which will be released worldwide on September 27, was given the award from Haut Monde Fashion Institute in New Delhi.

Directed by Navin Batra and produced by Ravi Ahlawat and Prem Prakash Gupta, the movie was shot in Nadi, Lautoka and Sigatoka last year.

It will start screening in Fiji on September 26.

Mr Ahlawat had told this newspaper the production cost of the movie in Fiji was about $3million. About 60 locals were part of the movie's production.

The movie's local line producer and local assistant director Vineel Nand said the award was a proud moment for Fiji and a boost to tourism.

Mr Nand said the movie would start screening in Village 6 and Village 4 cinemas a day before the worldwide release.

Starring Jackie Shroff, Veena Malik, Ashmit Patel, Harsh Chhaya and others, the movie was produced under the Maruti Movies (Fiji) Pvt Ltd banner.

It is about a fashionable journey of common girls to becoming super models and a different twist in their lives when they get trapped in a controversy.

"It is probably because of all the stylish videos I have directed in my past and it helped me incorporate in my film," Mr Batra is reported saying on www.gossip-gravy.com.

"Who wouldn't like the fact of being appreciated in my very first venture? It is not like I have Bollywood's biggest stars but our team has done all that it takes to be a big movie.

"The story line is that of a super model, the movie had to be stylish and hence the nomination. I am proud, the entire team of Super Model is proud and awaiting its release," said Mr Batra.