By Lubna Hamdan
About 150 workers, many of whom helped build the Star Wars set in the city in 2013, will be on site for a total of 100 days
The Abu Dhabi Film Commission has joined forces with Yash Raj Films production to shoot one of India’s most anticipated Bollywood movies, Tiger Zinda Hai, starring industry favourites Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.
With filming scheduled for 65 days starting May 4, the film will reportedly be Abu Dhabi’s longest feature film project to date.
A sequel to the blockbuster film Ek Tha Tiger, the movie will be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar.
Abu Dhabi’s twofour54’s Film and TV Services division will provide production services and have already started construction of a 20,000 square metre backlot.
About 150 workers, many of whom helped build the Star Wars set in the city in 2013, will be on site for a total of 100 days. The production will also film at 20 other locations around Abu Dhabi before moving to the set.
The UAE military will also provide military equipment, including helicopters, during the shoot in order to demonstrate government support for Abu Dhabi’s growing film industry.
Maryam Al Mheiri, chief executive of Media Zone Authority, Abu Dhabi, said the city is gaining traction in India as the emerging new home of Bollywood.
“With four previous Bollywood productions under our belt, we have built up considerable understanding of this unique format and we look forward to working with the Yash Raj Films team to ensure a smooth and successful shoot while they are with us in Abu Dhabi,” she added.
Salman Khan, who plays the title role, said Tiger Zinda Hai is a film of sizeable scale and context, adding that Abu Dhabi, with a variety of locations and gracious hosts, “is ideal to shoot for a film like this one".
Furthermore, Katrina Kaif said: “Tiger Zinda Hai shifts to different locations across the globe, and Abu Dhabi fits in perfectly with our story. Additionally, it provides all the comforts and conveniences that a film unit needs. I look forward to shooting in eye-catching locations and on the impressive set here.”
Abu Dhabi has hosted four other Bollywood film productions including Bang Bang! and Baby, which both filmed in 2014; as well as Dishoom (filmed in 2016) and DJ (filmed in 2017).