“If you’re planning a shoot in Europe, Sweden is a great option”

RahulOn his way back after shooting “Nenem …Chinna Pillana?” in Sweden, actor Rahul Ravindran Tweeted: “If you’re planning a shoot in Europe, Sweden is a great option. Beautiful country, tons of virgon locations, really sweet § helpful ppl…”

And he continued: “…sunlight in summers till 10.30 pm, an English speaking population unlike many other countries & a great line-producer in Connecting Bollywood”.

We were really proud to have you here, Rahul, and the whole Suresh Productions team! You were a great team and surely a great movie will be the outcome.

See some photos from the shoot here:

Nenem Chinna Pillana

Dr. D. Ramanaidu’s Suresh Productions arrive for shooting in southern Sweden

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Today a crew from Dr D. Ramanaidu’s Suresh Productions start shooting dance scenes for their upcoming movie “Nenem…Chinna Pillana”.
“We are very proud to welcome this first ever south Indian movie production company to Sweden and hope that they will delight in the beautiful scenery and great locations all over Scandinavia”, says Mirza Askari from Connecting Bollywood.

Follow their day to day adventures here

The next step in Swedish-Indian relations is here!

You might have wondered why it has been so quiet on this blog lately. We are happy to finally be able to announce what has kept us busy! The fact is that at the end of this month of May we will begin shooting Jia aur Jia, a hindi-speaking Bollywood movie set on location here in Sweden. Shooting is scheduled to last throughout June and the locations are spread all across Scania (Skåne).

The story, written by Mudassar Aziz, is about two girls with the same name, Jia (translated as “Liv” in Swedish), who by a coincidence happen to end up on the same trip to Sweden. Name might be the same, but it close to  instantly becomes clear that that is the only thing they have in common; one is the happy-go-lucky type who takes life no more seriously than it deserves; the other is an heir of a commercial empire and as joyless as all of that entails. Neither one nor the other wants to share their reason for going on the trip, and it is only in small, small steps that they on their adventurous road-trip slowly learn to trust each other…

This project is unique (you could almost say historical) in that it is the first proper Bollywood movie to be produced conjointly by Swedish and Indian film producers. For the first time a Swedish production company is investing in a product aimed primarily at Indian cinemas, taking full part in all the risks and profits that that entail. It became a reality through our friends at Bread Butter Cinemaz and Bohra Bros, both of which are experienced players in Bollywood, and also a bunch of people helping out on our turf in Sweden!

Stay put for more information!!

We are back in Mumbai!

Mirza Asakari

Lookout for this man on the streets of Mumbai! Mirza Askari is back in town to carve out the details for the next Bollywood project to be shot in Sweden, Jia aur Jia, a co-production with our friends at Bread Butter Cinemaz.

But please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mirza if you’re interested in know ing more about shooting in Scandinavia.

Just give him a call on (0091) 992 0930 719 or send him an email!

If you miss his voice, listen to Mirza being interviewed on Swedish Radio on March 1st (in Swedish)

 

“He brings Bollywood to Malmö”

In the leading Swedish business weekly, Affärsvärlden, Mirza Askari is portrayed in an article covering five full pages. His mission: bringing  the Indian Movie Industry to Scandinavia. Mirza and everybody at Connecting Bollywood are happy and proud for the recognition. It’s all in Swedish, but you’ll find the full article here.

He brings Bollywood to Malmö

The film is now an official hit and will go down as one more surprise hit of 2012.

“1920 Evil Returns” has collected good numbers in 1st week and due to no major release last weekend, the film was able to make dent in 2nd weekend too. It is now another official hit of 2012. The film collected 2.50 cr nett on Sunday taking the film’s total collections to 24.45 cr nett.” Read the article at

For the uninitiated: 24,45 crores =  244,5 million rupees or approximately 4,5 million USD.

Not bad for a movie with production costs of 1,8 million USD!

Congratulations Vikram Bhatt, ASA productions and all the crew and stars!

1920 – Evil Returns defies Bond and competes with Skyfall

The soothsayers had predicted that no film would withstand the might of the invincible James Bond. SKYFALL, one of the most lucrative franchises, was expected to demolish all oppositions in that particular weekend [November 2 – 4, 2012] in India. No one would’ve ever dreamt that a low cost horror film, 1920 – EVIL RETURNS, would defy Bond and compete with it. But the unthinkable has happened…

SKYFALL, which opened wide on Thursday, grabbed the most screens across the country and put up [expectedly] healthy numbers in its opening weekend, but it was the super performance of 1920 – EVIL RETURNS that shook the industry. The trends were pretty evident on Friday morning itself: Vikram Bhatt’s gamble of pitching 1920 – EVIL RETURNS against a mighty opponent had paid off. The exuberant start at the ticket window, defying the dominance of SKYFALL, said it all.

Read the full article from Bollywood Hungama here