UAE draws Hollywood, Bollywood filmmakers even amid Covid pandemic – News

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Published on February 1, 2021 at 16.29


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Mission: Impossible 7: The UAE has long enticed filmmakers from across the globe to capture the country in its varied hues – rippled desert dunes, panorama of coastline and incredible futuristic skylines. Even Covid hasn’t deterred film shootings here. As soon as pandemic restrictions were eased, directors and producers of two influential film industries – Hollywood and Bollywood, flocked to the country to shoot. One of the most famous film franchises in the world, Mission Impossible, is reportedly shooting its next installment here. While the jury is out on whether Tom Cruise has arrived on our shores or not, the film’s director, Christopher McQuarrie, has created a buzz after he posted images of various locations thought to be from the UAE on his social media. Even the film’s lead actress Rebecca Ferguson has been tantalizing fans with such images.


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Pathan: Fans who were eagerly waiting for Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s next outing on the silver screen (his last release was 2018’s Zero), are no doubt thrilled with the news that the actor has started filming Pathan which co-stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. A few residents in Dubai posted pictures on social media with the star and several clips of him purportedly shooting an action sequence on a heavy motor vehicle emerged.


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Dune: Dune is an upcoming Sci-Fi film directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothee Chalamet – the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. Several scenes of the movie were filmed in Abu Dhabi which formed a key backdrop of the planet Arrakis – a fictional planet where the movie is set.


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Sarkaru Vaari Paata: Telugu film Sarkaru Vaari Paata, starring Mahesh Babu and Keerthy Suresh, is an action-comedy written and directed by Parasuram. Mahesh Babu who has given Telugu film industry hits like Pokiri, Okkadu and Athadu, is currently shooting for Sarkaru Vaari Paata in the city and in a comment to Khaleej Times, praised Dubai for its safety protocols during the Covid pandemic, saying that his crew felt very safe in the city.

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