Fans of Bollywood films might get very tempted to hop on ferries from Liverpool to Dublin
to see scenes from a new film.
The Irish capital may seem an unusual setting for such a movie, but just such a thing is happening, with the blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger (Once there was a Tiger), which is set to be released in 24 countries from August 15th, being filmed there,Tourism Ireland has noted.
As with any Bollywood hit, the film will feature plenty of dance scenes, drama and romance, but unlike any other it will be set against a backdrop of famous places like Trinity College, Temple Bar and Grafton Street.
While it stars Bollywood legends Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, the film is quick to showcase the qualities of Dublin as a modern, vibrant city and the sight of a group of Kilkenny Hurlers and a Grafton Street mime artist in one of the singing scenes - along with a group of people wearing green hats - will be just part of this culture-bridging production.
Commenting on the film, Tourism Ireland's chief executive Niall Gibbons said: "Bollywood is deep-rooted in the psyche of most Indians and the films have a considerable influence on Indian travellers when they are deciding on their holiday destination.
"We are confident that the footage shot in Dublin will help whet appetites and create a curiosity among Indians to come and visit the places where the colourful 'Ek Tha Tiger' was shot."
While the film may bring in visitors from thousands of miles away, the fact that Dublin is so easy to reach from the UK may encourage British fans of Bollywood to make the trip.
It is not just in Dublin where there is a taste of all things Indian this summer.
Belfast will be hosting its own Mela on August 26th, with food, music, fashion and a carnival celebrating Asian culture.
Posted by Mark Robinson