The filming of the $2.5million Bollywood movie super model, which began on Saturday is like a breath of fresh air.
It signifies the dawn of a new era.
Many movies have been shot in Fiji including Blue Lagoon and part of the Anaconda series. Who can forget the reality show Survivor Fiji?
The shooting of the Bollywood film, we hope, will open up new opportunities for more movie-makers to choose Fiji as a set for their films.
Fiji has many beautiful beaches and islands that are the stuff of dreams.
And scattered around our islands are vast areas of dense foliage, unspoilt and perfect for different kinds of movies.
While areas along the Coral Coast, the coast of Ra, the Yasawas, and the Savusavu coast are renowned for beautiful white sandy beaches, the scenery from the upper reaches of Navosa stretching to Navatusila are breathtaking as well as the highlands of Cakaudrove.
Then we have the islands of the far-flung Lau Group with clear blue waters, swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches.
They will, however, be at a disadvantage considering distance and the intermittent shipping service.
Major film-makers will obviously be carting equipment to various settings which would mean focus turns to top spots on the two major islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
In terms of ease of travel, distance, accessibility and how close they are to hotels, then parts of the western division including the Yasawas and areas hugging the coastline in Savusavu come to mind.
There is no doubt about the fact that we have settings that should turn heads.
The onus is now on the movers and shakers in the film industry and all those closely associated with it here in Fiji to recognise this and take that extra step forward.
We hope this latest venture by Bollywood film-makers will be the catalyst for change and acceptance that Fiji should rank right up there among the top settings for film-makers around the world.
It is important though that we as responsible citizens of this country take ownership of this latest development.
We must quickly realise that we need to do the right thing first and that means helping to promote the many good qualities of our country.
It is the people of this country who can make or break its image.
All those who have played whatever little role in attracting film-makers to our shores deserve to be acknowledged.
The spin-offs would be great if we are considered a country that is not only attractive but welcoming as well as safe for film-makers and film stars.