Muscat: A 53-member film crew from the eastern Indian state of West Bengal yesterday arrived in the Sultanate to capture the beauty of the rugged mountains, the serene beaches and the eye-catching locales, for their movie.
"It is for the first time that a movie crew from West Bengal has come to Oman for filming the breathtaking beauty of the landscapes here," Renny Johnson, executive manager at Mezoon, the line producer of the movie in Oman, said, adding: "We have made arrangements for them to film three songs and a few scenes. The first location will be Yiti. In the coming days we will be filming at other locations also."
Produced by Reliance Entertainment, the film, titled Deewana, stars leading Bengali actors Jeet and Srabanti and is being directed by Ravi Kinagi. "Oman's beauty is beyond my expectation. I wonder why people have not yet explored this land," Jeet, the lead actor, told Times of Oman. The crew will stay in Oman for 10 days.
Deewana is the remake of Tamil movie Dipavali, which was released in 2007. It's a tragic romantic movie full of action. The story of the film revolves around 'Billu' and 'Suji' the characters played by Jeet and Srabanti respectively.
"Oman is a land of surprises with inspiring landscapes. It is now becoming a favourite destination for filmmakers all around the world. This year we were able to bring in crews of south Indian and Bollywood film industries. The Ministry of Tourism is also helping us a lot," Renny said.
"By bringing in movie crews here, we have succeeded in putting the Sultanate as a top destination for film tourism. We have a structured approach. To begin with, we brought small Indian film groups and successfully operated three big budget movie crews like Singham, Osthi, Bazawada and It's My Life," Renny said.
"Within two years of handling such groups, we are now geared up to handle any big budget movie," he pointed out.
According to Renny, they are in talks with Hollywood producer Bruce Wayne Gillies, a successful motion picture producer of independent features for companies like Tigger Street Productions, Insomnia Entertainment, Showtime Networks and Rhino Films, to bring them to Oman for their next project.