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Trailer of film shot in Bahrain goes online

August 26, 2013


Aug. 26--FILM fans can get their first glimpse today of a new Bollywood movie that was filmed mostly in Bahrain.

The first trailer for comedy-horror-musical Khel Kood Aur Bhoot (Fun, Frolic and Ghost) is due to get its initial screening on YouTube.

It is the brainchild of Adnan Malik, who quit his career in journalism and public relations in 2009 to join the world of Bollywood and pursue his dream of becoming an actor and director.

He wrote, directed, produced and acts in the movie, which is now in the final stages of post-production.

"The trailer opens on the Bahrain Financial Harbour, introduces the kingdom and then goes into what the film is about," Mr Malik told the GDN.

"Approximately 70 per cent of the movie was filmed in Bahrain.

"The places look beautiful on film.

"We also had several Bahraini citizens and residents acting and working on the movie."

Filming took place in Bahrain from December, 2011 until summer of last year.

Speaking to the GDN from Mumbai, India, Mr Malik said the project was almost complete.

"We're almost done," he said.

"We're just working on the final colour and sound adjustments.

"We're hoping to release the movie within the next six months.

"I'd love to be able to release it on a day that fits in with the theme of the movie, like Halloween or Friday the 13th."

He said the Bahrain link to the film was already attracting interest.

"It's the first Bollywood movie filmed in Bahrain and we hope to promote Bahrain through the film industry," said Mr Malik.

"The fact that it's filmed in Bahrain is causing a lot of interest here in Mumbai.

"I hope I can open up a post-production facility in Bahrain in the future.

"There's a huge industry for it -- there are more Bollywood films produced per year than films produced in Hollywood."

Described as a cross between The Blair Witch Project and The Grudge -- with a Bollywood twist -- Khel Kood Aur Bhoot was filmed at various well known locations including the Bahrain Financial Harbour, Bahrain World Trade Centre, Bahrain Fort, Bahrain City Centre, the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa and the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park. The trailer will be available at


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