30 locations in 40 days: twofour54 welcomes Bollywood’s ‘Dishoom’ to Abu Dhabi
twofour54 welcomed Dishoom to Abu Dhabi as filming of the Bollywood blockbuster commenced in the Emirate. With 40 filming days scheduled, Dishoom will be Abu Dhabi’s longest feature filming project to date.
In a nod to Abu Dhabi’s unique and varied locations as well as the ease of accessibility from India, the majority of filming for Dishoom will take place in the Capital. In excess of 90 cast and crew will be involved in the shoot, as well as a number of Emiratis who are taking up opportunities to intern on the production. The Abu Dhabi locations that will serve the film’s storyline include Nurai, Saadiyat and Yas Islands, as well as Emirates Palace, Sheikh Zayed Stadium and Liwa Dessert.
Dishoom’s choice of Abu Dhabi as a filming location was announced in Mumbai last May during an event for the Bollywood filmmaking community hosted by twofour54 and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) in conjunction with the Film & Television Producers Guild of India. Dishoom is directed by Rohit Dhawan, while the producer of the film, Sajid Nadiadwala is one of Bollywood’s top producers and has delivered many hits at the box office such as Jeet (1996), Housefull (2010) and Kick (2014). The action adventure will star John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez in the lead roles.
Maryam Al Mheiri, Chief Operating Officer, of twofour54, said: “After a year packed with high-profile entertainment projects facilitated by twofour54, Dishoom continues the momentum of Abu Dhabi’s film production industry into 2016. Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment is one of the most reputable production companies in Bollywood and we look forward to working with them on what is sure to be another box office hit. To be shooting across many locations in the Capital shows the producers belief in the UAE as well as the services and facilities that we offer.”
In addition to Dishoom, twofour54 has attracted a number of major film productions over the last two years including Fast & Furious 7, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Bang Bang, Baby! and Deliver Us from Evil. Global television programmes such as The Bold and the Beautiful and BBC’s Top Gear have also been filmed in the Emirate.
About Abu Dhabi Film Commission
Abu Dhabi Film Commission (ADFC) facilitates film and TV production projects in Abu Dhabi, helping to build the UAE’s capital as the destination of choice in the MENA region for international and regional TV and film production. ADFC sits under the umbrella of the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi.
ADFC assists filming at the Emirate’s most iconic and versatile locations through its support services which include budgeting, scouting for filming locations advice on script clearance, obtaining permits and visas plus access to companies within the UAE who provide production services, equipment and crew.
ADFC also administers a highly successful 30% production rebate scheme, the only cash-back incentive in the region. Introduced in 2012, the scheme has helped to attract some of the industry’s biggest and most popular productions including Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII, Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 7, Bollywood feature film Bang Bang from Fox Star Studios, BBC’s Top Gear and regional drama production, ‘The Brothers’ / Al Ikwa.
Source : Press Release, twofour54