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30/09/2011

Bollywood Comes To Ireland

Action has been called on the set of a Bollywood film - this film being the first of its genre ever to be filmed in Ireland - and with it come hopes of revenue and short term jobs for the State
Two of India's biggest movie stars, Katrina Kaif and Salman Khan, commenced filming in the University of Dublin, Trinity College (TCD) this month.
Ek Tha Tiger, a spy-thriller featuring the usual Bollywood elements of music and dance, has been taking place in the University and around Dublin city centre with filming due to finish in mid October.
The film is set to bring about €1.5m to the Irish economy and create over 1,000 short term jobs. It will be co-produced by Oscar-winning Irish company Fantastic Film and is expected to be released in June 2012.
The film's storyline involves a world renowned scientist working at TCD who is suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan.
Meanwhile the Indian Government sends an Indian secret agent to find out about the Professor's activities. The agent, codenamed Tiger, falls in love with the Professor's caretaker Zoya, who is studying at a fictional dance academy located at the University and together they embark on a rollercoaster journey that takes them from Dublin to Istanbul, Kazakhstan and Chile.
Numerous locations on the University of Dublin, Trinity College's historic and picturesque campus will be used as a backdrop during the filming, which includes a large open-air dance sequence in Parliament Square.
Speaking about the upcoming filming of the Bollywood production, Vice Provost for Global Relations at TCD, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer said: "The University of Dublin, Trinity College, has longstanding links with India. The filming of Ek Tha Tiger at Trinity College is a great opportunity for us to increase our understanding of modern Indian culture and live the Bollywood experience here at Trinity."
Produced by one of India's most prominent film companies, Yash Raj Films, Ek Tha Tiger will be directed by award-winning Indian director Kabir Kahn.
(LB/BMcC)
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