With an eye on budget while scouting for fresh locations overseas, producers opt to shoot in countries where they can benefit from government subsidies. While most countries offer production crews subsidies on films shot there, some like France don't.
A recent addition to that list is Sri Lanka which won't offer subsidies to Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma starrer Bombay Velvet, directed by Anurag Kashyap, which begins shooting near Colombo next month.
By most accounts, a bad experience with the makers of Salman Khan starrer Ready provoked the change in policy. As it turns out, a promise not kept, is to blame.
Explains our source, "The film's makers committed to promote tourism in that country after release. They also featured two Sri Lankan actresses in the movie. The first schedule went off well and they completed about 40% of the shoot. But after that, Salman had an eye problem, and he requested the Mumbai schedule to be delayed. The last schedule, which was supposed to be shot in Lanka, was shifted to Bangkok for reasons best known to the makers. According to tourism board officials, the Lankan actresses were not paid and the film's makers didn't keep their commitment after the film was released. Upset with the treatment meted out to them three years ago, the tourism board is in no mood to help the makers of the Ranbir-Anushka film. That's why Bombay Velvet is not getting any subsidies from that country."
Incidentally, this could also be the reason why no Sri Lankan production crew will be associated with the shoot. Our source says, "Normally, local teams are associated with the production to ease the logistics. But the only locals working on this film are the labourers building the set."(The Times of India)
Comments - 8
chams Sunday, 23 June 2013 01:58 AM
This is typical Indian approach. They promise sun and moon but deliver nothing also have their explanations.
We did IFFA at the huge loss, Salman's film is a loss. Do more, more losses!
ANTON Sunday, 23 June 2013 05:30 AM
BOMBAY JILMART ?
Namal Baby Sunday, 23 June 2013 05:56 PM
we're on par with France now..
natasha Sunday, 23 June 2013 06:58 AM
Salman's films are loss ? get ur facts right most bankable star in Indian and second to none . stars has nothing to do with cast and crew and their payments , its a headache of producer
Sherlock & watson Sunday, 23 June 2013 07:00 AM
Ol this bombay walas ard a problem yaar
Ranjo Sunday, 23 June 2013 07:37 AM
//This is typical Indian approach. They promise sun and moon but deliver nothing also have their explanations.//
Yeah yeah... we have everything delivered in Sri Lanka as promised!
Mervyn Sunday, 23 June 2013 01:35 PM
Our politicians deliver what they promise. LOL :)
sanaboy Sunday, 23 June 2013 08:43 AM
Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.