Muscat to be showcased in Bollywood blockbuster

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The Omani capital of Muscat is to be showcased in a new Bollywood blockbuster to be released later this month.

Some of the sequences to 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Again' were shot in Oman in September 2012 and the movie is set to be released in India on August 15.

The plot, which is a period gangster movie, stars Bollywood heavyweights Sonakshi Sinha, Imran Khan and Akshay Kumar and is a sequel to 'Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’, which the fourth biggest movie released in India in 2010.

The national carrier of the Sultanate, Oman Air, helped publicise the country's outstanding natural beauty, picturesque towns and cities and rich culture by providing transport and logistical services for the movie's 130-strong cast and crew.

The film's director Milan Luthria also expressed his sincere and heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Oman Air for extending their hospitality, which he said left them him 'genuinely impressed'.

"The city has been quite friendly to me and I have always enjoyed the experience of shooting here. While I haven't travelled around Oman, I found the city of Muscat to be quaint, charming and picturesque. It has a beautiful old-world charm about it,” actor Akshay Kumar said in an interview.

"I am now eagerly waiting for my next trip to this beautiful country of Oman," added cos-star Sonakshi Sinha.

National carrier Oman Air also provided flights to fly the 160 crew members to the Gulf state to film the sequences, while Oman Ministry of Tourism hosted a conference in Mumbai to publicise the film.

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