Saturday, 11 July 2015

Fiji gets a Bollywood connection!

Noted producer-distributor Shyam Shroff has been appointed as the Consulate General of Fiji by the Fiji Government for their new consulate in Mumbai. The new role, says Shroff, is a great honour and also comes with a lot of responsibility. “I am happy and honoured that I was chosen for this job. I definitely hope that we can help put Fiji high on the wish-list of tourism as well as for investors here,” says the senior filmmaker, adding, “It’s an island nation of 330 islands and among several of them each island is a resort. In fact many celebrities own resorts there.” Shroff also hopes that the beautiful country will gradually become a hotspot for the Indian filmmakers too. “As for Indian filmmakers, we get as much as 30 per cent rebate when shooting there, but we hope that they make some more dynamic policies that will make it more accessible technically.  A few films have been shot there, but largely it is still unexplored in Bollywood. So, that will be something I am looking forward to working on. I hope to streamline the process and help guide them with the right methods so that there is a good working relationship that can be built between us. It will work for Fiji as well as our filmmakers in a big way,” adds the filmmaker, who had also produced the National award winning film Filmistaan.

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