Muscat: Filming in Muscat just wrapped up for one Bollywood movie and next week another crew will start a shoot here, a sign that Oman is becoming a favourite new destination for Indian filmmakers.
Bollywood star Harman Baweja was in Oman from November 15 to 25 shooting car chase and fight scenes in Yiti and Qantab for the upcoming movie Dhishkiyaon.
Harman, who had never been to the Sultanate before, said he was impressed by the warm welcome he received and by how clean the country is.
"I just love Oman and the hospitality. The people are friendly. The city is clean and has a well maintained road network. I would say this is one of the highlights of Oman, which I have not noticed in any other Arab country. I will surely come back soon," Harman said.
Dhishkiyaon, which also stars Sanjay Dutt, is being directed by Sanamjit Singh and produced by Harman's father, Harry Baweja, and Shilpa Shetty. Harry Baweja said a family friend who works in Muscat suggested Oman as a destination for the film and when he saw the country for himself he was impressed.
"Oman is a beautiful country for film shooting, all kinds of locations are available in one stop and this is what exactly a film maker requires," said Harry.
Renny Johnson, executive manager of Mezoon Travel and the local line producer for the Dhishkiyaon shoot, said he's assisted several film crews in Oman. He said Oman is catching the attention of more directors and producers who used to use Dubai as a location.
"It's a great new destination for them. In one country you get everything. You have mountains, beaches, the sea, wadis, and even the snow is available here in Jebel Akhdhar. And it's just a two-hour flight from Mumbai," Renny said.
Renny said he and his company, with the support of Ministry of Tourism, started promoting Oman as a film tourism destination in a big way among Indian film producers and directors last year, and they are glad to see many movies being shot in Oman.
In early December Renny will be taking on the role of line producer again for a 27-day shoot for a Hindi film that will star John Abraham, Vivek Oberoi and Mohanlal. Word is quickly spreading in Bollywood about what a good movie location Oman is.
After wrapping up the shoot, Harry said the crew was happy with their experience here and they got exactly what they needed from Muscat.
"I will recommend Oman to all my friends in Bollywood. We can see more Indian movie shoots soon in different locations of the Sultanate," Harry concluded.