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February 01, 2010

Cape Town, South Africa’s movie capital

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Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor, photo courtesy Angilee Shah

Lights, camera, action! Cape Town is becoming the location of choice for Bollywood film directors to shoot their films in Africa

Following the successful hosting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament, which showed off the Mother City to India and the world, Bollywood stars have been returning in their droves to shoot feature films in this striking city.

In 2009, parts of the Bollywood action comedy, No Problem, which boasts Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt and Suneel Shetty, were shot in Cape Town.

Other high-profile Bollywood films shot in the Cape include romantic comedy, Life Partner, and psychological thriller, 8 by 10.

The influx of Bollywood movie production to Cape Town has provided a major boost for the city’s film industry.

The latest big-budget film to be shot in the Mother City is Laconia, telling the story of the sinking of a luxury cruise ship by a German submarine during World War II.

In an interview with media service website, Media Club South Africa, chief executive officer of the Cape Film Commission, Laurence Mitchell, said that over the past five years, the commission had worked tirelessly to market South Africa as the perfect film destination. It seems like the hard work has paid off.

According to Mitchell, the production, No Problem, alone contributed substantially to Cape Town’s film industry.

In addition, “many local people were employed as crew and cast members, and the service industry has been able to provide catering, transport and security services”.

Cape Town is one of the nine South African host cities where the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will be played. This gives South Africa yet another chance to attract global filmmakers to shoot and produce their films in the country.

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