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Ireland backdrop for Hindu-Muslim B'wood tale of love

The film, Ayodhya, deals with sectarian tensions between Muslims and Hindus during the 1990 Ayodhya riots.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 12:17 IST
Nabanita Sircar
Nabanita Sircar

Bollywood films have now sailed across the Irish sea from the UK and reached Ireland. For long now, Indian films have been shot at locales all across Britain. So much so that British tourism even has a Bollywood map for tourists. But this is the first time a Bollywood film is being shot in the Emerald Isle. And, it is also the first Indo-Irish co-production.

Now, Ayodhya is being shot in Ireland. Shooting has already started in county Wicklow, a picturesque locale near the capital city Dublin. Having shot for five weeks in Tamil Nadu, a 36-person cast and crew have travelled to Ireland for the final two weeks of principal photography.

It may make many wonder what Ayodhya has to do with Ireland. The story is a 'love divided' tale of a Hindu man and his Muslim lover. He exiles himself to Ireland and she follows him in a desperate attempt to woo him back home. The film deals with sectarian tensions between Muslim and Hindu communities during the 1990 riots in Ayodhya.

Ayodhiya is a Jaya Vilas Productions film produced by JP Rajamani and his co-producer is local Dubliner Breandan Goss of PuCan films.

First Published: Dec 27, 2003 21:34 IST