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Sajid Nadiadwala ties up with Fox Studios Australia
Well-known Bollywood producer Sajid Nadiadwala's banner, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt Ltd (NGE), has clinched a deal with Fox Studios Australia for the pre and post -production work of "Heyy Babyy" being extensively shot in the exotic locales of that country.
This makes "Heyy Babyy" the first Indian film to be processed in Australia and NGE the first Indian production house to have an office at Fox Studios.
The film has Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Fardeen Khan and Vidya Balan in important roles.
"Fox Studios Australia provides filmmakers with the most up-to-date, integrated production and post production environment. We have been home to many highly successful US films and now welcome our first Bollywood film to the lot," said Nancy Romano, CEO Fox Studios Australia, in a press release.
"Our ongoing relationship with Nadiadwala's production office through his Australian line producer Temple who are based at the studio will no doubt result in a successful experience for this production."
Nadiadwala is quite happy with the deal.
He said: "It's a privilege for NGE to be the first Indian company to be associated with Fox Studios for 'Heyy Babyy'. The studio is simply the most up to date with the best production facilities.
"Our company would always like to support our talented technicians with the best facilities for the changing needs of our audience. And the schedule is going through Hollywood precision."
Nadiadwala said the deal would enhance creativity and allow them to meet global standards.
"There is a buzz about our industry that is unmistakable and the globalisation of brand Bollywood, and adopting of the highest standards will make us global. NGE believes in putting systems and processes in place to support this creativity," he added.
And New South Wales (NSW) Tourism and NSW government along with NSW Film and Television Office are supporting the film.
"This is by far the most prestigious Bollywood film to shoot in Australia, and it is a delight to see the Indian film industry flag flying in the midst of Fox Studios," said Anupam Sharma, chairman of Australia India Film Council.
The Australian government and private agencies have been actively pursuing more trade relations with Bollywood. "Heyy Babyy" is the result of their endeavour in that direction. Australia has more than 130 million dollars worth of India centric projects.