27 January, 2021

Shot In Dubai

The Emirate’s policies make it an ideal place for Bollywood, Hollywood and others to shoot films

Shot In Dubai

The Swiss Alps have lost their silvery sheen, the charm of Interlaken has worn thin and the tulips of Keukenhof, well, leave nobody in thrall now. Bollywood’s compass needle now points elsewhere, thousands of miles further east in fact, to a new location right in the middle of the desert. It’s nearer home, and perhaps matches lived reality for the globalised Indian a bit more, while still being exotic and chic. Welcome to Dubai, Bollywood’s favourite foreign jaunt in the decade they’re calling the Tenties.

Once upon a long ago, Yash Chopra had made a serenade or two amid alpine meadows an inseparable part of Indian cinematic fantasy—the man in striped turtlenecks, the lady in pink chiffons (it showed off best against the snow), the temperatures a mix of sub-zero and sizzling, that was the sine qua non. But now Bollywood has stumbled onto locales that are as different from good, old Switzerland as snow is from the sand.

Derided for long as the haven of und­erworld dons and gold smugglers on and off the screen, it’s with some...



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