Bang Bang, a Bollywood movie from director Siddharth Anand, is to start production in Abu Dhabi on May 2.
twofour54, the commercial arm of Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority, is partnering with Fox Star Studios, one of India’s largest film producers and distributors, to produce the film in Abu Dhabi.
Bang Bang, which will be filmed in numerous locations in Abu Dhabi for more than three weeks, is using the production services of twofour54 intaj and will benefit from the Abu Dhabi Film Commission’s 30% productions rebate.
The film features Bollywood superstars Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, as well as a production team including director Siddharth Anand and action director Andy Armstrong, who worked on Spiderman, Thor, and The Green Hornet. The movie is scheduled for release in October 2, 2014 at over 4,500 screens for an audience of some 50 million.
“Abu Dhabi is steadily gaining popularity with major international studios and is fast becoming an attractive hub for filming, production, and post-production” said Noura Al Kaabi, CEO, twofour54. “Government support, our production facilities, access to experienced crew, the range of diverse locations, and the ADFC’s rebate, are successfully attracting regional and global films to the Emirate.”
Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, India, added: "Fox Star Studios is happy to be partnering with twofour54. We are developing a slate of films in Bollywood and Tamil to appeal to the fast growing Indian theatrical market, as also the diaspora that lives across the world.
"We are excited about our partnership with twofour54 on Bang Bang, which is our biggest Bollywood film, and are looking forward to doing some big ticket action in Abu Dhabi with assistance from twofour54 intaj. I have no doubt that post release of the film, Abu Dhabi will be a must visit city for Bollywood fans."
Bang Bang comes hot on the heels of Universal Studios’ Fast & Furious 7, which wrapped up filming in Abu Dhabi less than two weeks ago.