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08-25-2011, 12:28 AM #1
Belgiumís diamond traders ban Bhatts
Filmmakers of Blood Money were denied permission at the last minute to shoot in the country due to protests from diamond traders. Shooting has been relocated to Cape Town:
Mahesh Bhatt's Vishesh Films and Studio18 production Blood Money faced an unprecedented road-block recently. The film, which exposes the sordid side of the diamond industry, was to be shot in Belgium, the diamond capital of the world. However, after all the formalities to shoot in the country were arranged, the filmmakers were denied permission.
A source informed us that the diamond traders lobbied against the shoot because they realised that the film would negatively highlight the industry, which in turn would affect the country's economy. The source revealed, “The filmmakers wanted to shoot in Belgium, as it's the biggest hub of the diamond industry.
The recce was done, cast and crew visas and tickets were arranged, but suddenly the diamond traders lobby in Belgium realised how this film might portray the diamond industry in a bad light, similar to the Hollywood film Blood Diamond. They immediately put pressure on all those supporting the film and told them to withdraw support .”The opposition was reportedly so strong that Bhatt had no option but to look for another location. So the filmmaker decided to shoot in Cape Town. “The cast and crew left for South Africa last night,” added the source.
Mukesh Bhatt said, “Yes, they back tracked at the last minute. We wanted to shoot in Belgium, as it is the diamond capital. Everything was in place. We were to leave on the 16th. Although they did not refuse outright, it was clear that we were not welcome. I guess they learnt that the film deals with the diamond industry. It was subtle but clear that they didn't want us to shoot there. That's why we changed our location It is very unprofessional and a complete waste of time and money.”
08-25-2011, 05:32 AM #2
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