Times of Oman
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Tamil movie to be filmed in Oman
February 18, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Muscat: A 74-member film crew from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu will be flying to Muscat for the filming of a romantic thriller titled Thalaiva, starring Vijay and Amala Paul, in the first week of March, the line producer of the movie said.

"Being directed by A.L. Vijay, the movie will be shot over 36 days at various locations in the Sultanate. Two songs and a fight scene will be filmed," Renny Johnson, the line producer and executive manager at Mezoon Travels, told Times of Oman.

"The songs will be shot in one of the auditoriums in Muscat and in some of the hotels. We are also looking for a factory in which we can shoot the fight scenes," Renny stated, adding that some 20 artists will be selected from Oman—both Omanis and expatriates—to act in the film sequences.

Recently, the title track of the film was shot in Mumbai with 500 junior artists.
Thalaiva casts Santhanam and Rajiv Pillai in prominent roles. G.V. Prakash teams up for the fifth time with director Vijay. The music director recently tweeted that three of the five songs had been completed along the lines of two themes.

Thalaiva, produced by Sri Mishri Productions, will be edited by Llwellyn Anthony Gonsalves, and the cinematography will be handled by Nirav Shah. The movie is expected to be released in May 2013.

Over the last two years, more than a dozen Indian movies have been filmed in the Sultanate.

Recently, an official representing the Sultanate's Ministry of Tourism in India pointed out that the Sultanate is becoming the most sought-after destination for Indian filmmakers.

"The Sultanate has a varied landscape, rich culture, and grand monuments. It has the resources and infrastructure that are required for a film and television shoot. With reduced visa fees and good air connectivity from India, we hope to see a lot of Indian movies and TV shows being shot in the Sultanate in the future," Lubaina Sheerazi, the Indian representative of the Sultanate's Ministry of Tourism, stated at the India International Film
Tourism Conclave.

"The Sultanate's inspiring landscapes and other facilities are helping us to produce more and more movies," Renny added.

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