Ek Tha Tiger, the latest YRF production starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, is all set to take Bollywood to new levels and an entirely new location, becoming the first Bollywood film to be shot in Iraq.
Acquiring permission to shoot was expected to be quite a task, and YRF approached Iraqi government a month ago for shooting a major action sequence of the film in their country.
The Iraqi government however, besides granting permission, has gone one step further and made arrangements for the security of the crew. The government has also generously made provisions for the transportation of the crew by helicopter between locations.Kabir Khan, the director of Ek Tha Tiger, plans to fly to Iraq today for a week-long expedition to scout possible locations for the film, and will be pinpointing locations for Salman to shoot.
So what is the Dabangg star's take on the stint in Iraq? When consulted by YRF and Kabir before they took the decision to apply for permission, Salman was reportedly thrilled about the rare and exciting opportunity and agreed instantly. He will have to spend a minimum of eight days in the country, and will be accompanying Kabir there in August.
Sadly, Salman will be flying solo to Iraq this time, as ex-girlfriend and co-star Katrina Kaif will not be required for this segment of the film.