Bratislava, Slovakia – Slovakia is about to get a first-hand taste of Bollywood.
On December 10, the Bollywood psychological thriller ‘Faces’ (Chehre) is due to start shooting in the Central European country, the first-ever Indian movie to be shot in Slovakia, according to Film New Europe.
Directed by Rumi Jaffery, ‘Faces’ stars Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role, as well as Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi and Rhea Chakraborty, and will be shot primarily in both the Slovak and Polish High Tatras, one of the most breathtaking mountainous ranges in the region recently voted as the best destination in Europe in 2019.
“Amitabh Bachchan is a legend in India and we believe this shooting will also motivate other relevant filmmakers from India to come to Slovakia”, Zuzana Bielikova, from the Slovak Film Commission, said.
This will be the first time local celebrities Amitabh Bachchan, 77, and Emraan Hashmi, 40, work on a film together, according to Imdb.
Ahead of their upcoming trip to Slovakia, which recently increased its cash rebate for movie shootings from 20% to 33% to attract more foreign productions, Bratislava’s envoy to India Ivan Lančarič met with the film crew late last month.
The film is due to premiere in Mumbai on April 24, 2020.
Although Slovakia may be a newbie in terms of Bollywood productions, neighbouring Poland, where parts of the production will be filmed, isn’t, and has become one of the main European hotspots for Indian film productions in recent years.
Krakow, the country’s second-largest city and Poland’s main touristic destination, has especially attracted Bollywood film crews, and served as the backdrop to countless Bollywood productions over the past few years.