‘AT­TRACT PRO­DUC­ERS TO SHOOT MOVIES IN JO­HOR’

It will bring more investments to the state, says assem­bly­man

New Straits Times - - News -

RIZALMAN HAMMIM ISKAN­DAR PU­TERI news@nst.com.my to for­eign film pro­duc­ers who wanted to shoot movies in Jo­hor.

He said the film in­dus­try could be­come an­other form of in­vest­ment for the state, adding that Jo­hor had many beau­ti­ful and in­ter­est­ing lo­ca­tions that could at­tract pro­duc­ers.

“Yes­ter­day, I met ris­ing Tamil movie star Si­vakarthikeyan from Chen­nai, who was in town to shoot a movie.

“I was told the pro­duc­tion house of his project was in­ter­ested in us­ing one of the ports in Jo­hor as a lo­ca­tion for their movie.

“But, they were dis­ap­pointed when the man­age­ment of the port re­fused to give them per­mis­sion to shoot there.

“I hope the state govern­ment can pro­vide help to these pro­duc­ers to get per­mis­sion to shoot their movies here.

“This will pro­mote Jo­hor as a good lo­ca­tion to shoot movies, es­pe­cially among pro­duc­ers in In­dia,” said Aso­jan.

He said this in his speech when de­bat­ing the mo­tion of thanks to Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar’s ad­dress at the state as­sem­bly here yes­ter­day.

Aso­jan said if for­eign pro­duc­ers were not given the op­por­tu­nity to shoot their movies here, they would turn to other lo­ca­tions.

“If one lo­ca­tion is not suit­able, we should pro­vide them with an al­ter­na­tive,” said Aso­jan.

Last year’s box of­fice Tamil­lan­guage movie Ka­bali was shot in Kuala Lumpur, while other Bol­ly­wood movies — such as Don, Don 2, Aaghaaz and Chor Machaaye Shor — were also shot in Malaysia.

Net­flix se­ries Marco Polo fea­tured episodes shot at Pinewood Iskan­dar Malaysia Stu­dios here.

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