Chennai, Feb 22, 2017: The Singapore Tourism Board is planning to attract Tamil movie producers to shoot their movies in that country, as it has been several decades since a Tamil movie was produced with Singapore figuring in the story plot, said a top official here on Wednesday.
He also said that the Board would also promote Singapore as a tourist destination in tier-2 Indian cities.
“After the movies ‘Ullagam Sutrum Valiban’, ‘Ninaithala Innikum’ and ‘Priya’, no popular Tamil movie was shot in Singapore. We would like to work with Tamil movie producers as part of our branded content promotion,” said G.B. Sridhar, Regional Director – South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Singapore Tourism Board.
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He does not agree that the renewed focus on Tamil movie producers has anything to do with the Tamil movie ‘Kabali’ shot in Malaysia.
Sridhar said the Singapore Tourism Board will not provide any financial incentives to the movie producers but would bear some part of the expenditure and also ease the process of getting shooting permissions.
He also said the Board is looking at the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) segment with attractive offerings.
Sridhar said India ranked fourth in terms of tourist arrivals to Singapore after Indonesia, China and Malaysia last year.
Over 1.1 million Indians had visited Singapore last year and spent around Rs 5,293 crore there.
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According to Sridhar, nearly 39 per cent of the tourist receipts from the visiting Indians are towards accommodation. This shows that Indians are willing to stay in better hotels and enjoy the comforts.
India ranks at the top in the cruise tourist arrivals to Singapore, he said.
While demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by the Indian government has not affected tourist visits to Singapore, Sridhar said one of the challenges is that Indians are looking at other countries to travel. (IANS)
Kollywood is growing each year and is giving us more and more movies to ponder over.
In 2017, some Tamil movies left us awe-struck with their amazing stories and performances.
Movies like Vikram Vedha, Aruvi, Maanagaram, etc. definitely proved to be some of the best films of 2017.
Kollywood produced some of the best movies in 2017. The Tamil movies produced this year varied in genres from beautiful love stories to suspense thrillers.
In 2017, many new fresh faces were introduced on the and behind the screen. There were several movies which pushed the conventional limits of cinema, and became memorable. Here is the list of 10 must watch Tamil Movies of 2017 :
This movie is not exactly a ‘masala’ entertainment film. With a tight script, great technicalities and amazing cast performances, this Tamil movie became a huge box office hit. Movie may seem cliche at first, however, once Vedha enters the screen the whole dynamics of the movie changes and it takes audience on a roller-coaster ride. This one is a must watch. Have a look at the trailer here :
Pa Paandi is a Tamil comedy-drama film written and directed by Dhanush. This movie also marked Dhanush’s directorial debut. It has Rajkiran in the lead role. This movie shows, that as we run towards different things in life, we tend to forget about our elders who wander behind with agendas of their own. This film makes one feel fuzzy and it’s impossible to dislike anyone in the film. Check the trailer out here :
This one is a simple yet entertaining film, which will keep you glued to your seat. One of the year’s biggest hits, this film has made all its viewers, critics and producers happy. With a brilliant and pacy screenplay, and brilliant performances, this Tamil movie is a must watch. Check the trailer out here :
Baahubali 2 – The Conclusion
This one is quite obvious. Great visual effects, amazing performances and the foreshadow of the success of its predecessor, and SS Rajamouli’s direction, all have made this movie an international blockbuster. Not only this one solved the famous ‘Why Kattapa killed Baahubali’ question, but also, it is a great entertainer. This one is a must watch and it won’t disappoint you. Check the trailer here :
Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu
Suresh Sangaiah’s drama movie, deserves a medal just for its name, which translates to ‘mercy petition of a scapegoat’ in English. It is a beautiful ‘slice of life’ movie which is really heart-warming. The film shows a village which encounters a strange situation as they travel to a distant temple to slaughter a goat for the lord. this movie delivers its story brilliantly. Check the trailer here :
This tamil movie came as pleasant surprise this year with a new face behind it. Kurangu Bommai is another film that familiarised us with hyperlink cinema. The film is well crafted and its beauty lies in how the story is told more than it is told. Check the trailer here :
8 Thottakal is a long film but its good qualities make up for it. There was much to like in this crime-thriller flick, but MS Bhaskar’s role and his performance were excellent. The conflict and layers in the characters will make you think and glued to your seat. Check the trailer here :
This one is for a fan of horror movies. Debutante director Milind Rau’s Aval is definitely a memorable film. This technically sound horror film, has some clever writing and a mature relationship to be seen on the screen. Milind made an impressive debut with fresh content. The movie might not be very scary but it can definitely keep you hooked.
Aruvi is one film that threw all stereotypes out of the box. Arun Prabhu Purushothaman’s writing’s authenticity will make you forget everything else and will make you wanna indulge in this film more and more. Aruvi is also a great example of the fact that good content can be commercially successful if marketed properly. This Tamil film brings in a new perspective which you will definitely enjoy.
Theeran: Adhigaram Ondru
This one might not have a perfect scrip but the research done to bring the real incidents on the screen is really worth applauding. The second part of movie will keep you on the edge of your seat. The natural portrayal of hardships faced by police while resolving a cases is another USP for this Tamil movie. This thriller definitely deserves to be on your must-watch list.