Bollywood's back location scouting in Ireland

Bollywood's back location scouting in Ireland
A scene from Ek Tha Tiger, shot in Trinity College.

Bollywood producers and location scouts have arrived in Ireland to look for potential locations for their next big Bollywood blockbuster.

Scenic spots in Dublin, the West of Ireland and Northern Ireland are being looked at including St Stephen's Green, Temple Bar, the Cliffs of Moher and Ashford Castle.

Last year, the Bollywood film shot on location in Dublin - Ek Tha Tiger - became one of the biggest-grossing movies ever in India and was seen by an estimated 100 million cinema-goers.

Tourism Ireland says the huge popularity of Bollywood films can deliver real benefits for Irish tourism.

"It's good news for the film industry, but it's good news for the tourism industry, too," said Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons.

"For somewhere like India, where we couldn't be on television advertising, to be able to influence something like this is very, very good."

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