Much to celebrate for movie lovers and Dubailanders!!! The marriage between Bollywood & Dubai is certainly turning heavenly by the day. The global premiere of the Firoz Nadiadwala film Welcome Back will be held inDubai at Music Hall on September 2, 2015 ahead of the film’s GCC release on September 3 and a worldwide release on September 4.
Hosted by Dubai Tourism, the red carpet premiere will be attended by the stars of the movie and a large selection of the International and Bollywood film fraternity. Stars include lead actors Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Shruti Haasan, and Nana Patekar, along with Producer – Firoz Nadiadwala, Director – Anees Bazmee, and Musicians Meet Brothers and Mika Sing.
The global premiere, a first of its kind in the UAE, is set to be followed by a major fan event on September 3, 2015, allowing the public a chance to catch a glimpse of and interact with the star cast.
Dubai has cemented its status as a world-class destination for movie production with its attractive landscape, grand hotels, and iconic landmarks, drawing filming opportunities from Hollywood to Bollywood. Dubai’s strong ties and close proximity to India, along with its openness and encouragement of all things creative, sees Bollywood production teams increasingly drawn to the Emirate.
Mana Al Suwaidi, Regional Director – Middle East & Sub-Continent, Dubai Tourism comments;
“Dubai is a vibrant hub of entertainment and is featured in the film, which is why Dubai Tourism is hosting the global premiere of Welcome Back.As we have seen this week with the visit of the Prime Minister of India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, this city is a place for Indian tourists and residents to enjoy unique experiences. As the Prime Minister noted, we are incredibly connected. Being only four hours away, there are over 1,700 flights a month between Dubai and Indian cities. In fact, no city in the world is more connected to India than Dubai, which is why we warmly welcome back our Indian guests time and again.”
Further commenting, Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission and Managing Director of Dubai Studio City said;
“Dubai plays an iconic role in Welcome Back, with scenes shot across the Emirate in a number of unique locations. We are very pleased that Dubai has also been chosen as the location for the premiere, which reinforces the Emirate’s position as a key part of the Bollywood production value chain.
We have seen a real increase in the number of Bollywood productions selecting Dubai as the location of choice for filming, screenings and premieres over the past few years, including blockbusters such as Happy New Year and Hamari Adhuri Kahani, and look forward to continued close ties with India to support productions and films of all sizes.”
Director Anees Bazmee said;
“Welcome Back portrays an aspirational lifestyle as the protagonists are multi-millionaires and billionaires, we thought getting so many locations matching the theme would be a nightmare but Dubai is an absolute dream city for any filmmaker.”
Producer Firoz Nadiadwala had this to say;
“The glitz and glamour of Dubai really is the ultimate backdrop for this movie and offered us a chance to film some truly incredible and awe-inspiring sequences that really could not have been accomplished anywhere else without considerably more effort.
We are genuinely thankful for the professionalism and hospitality extended to us throughout the entire project, and look forward to building our relationship with this incredible and bustling metropolitan city.”
Adding to this, Dubai based Associate Producer Arjun Kumar said:
“Welcome Back showcases Dubai in all its glory and we are extremely thankful to the Dubai Film & TV Commission for its continued support and assistance right throughout filming.”