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Romeo vs Juliet

Date posted: 13.01.2015

Dance sequences and epic love songs take over London in the upcoming Bengali rom-com Romeo vs Juliet.

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy and girl sing and dance across the capital, taking photos with street performers and riding on the upper deck of a tour bus!

Bengali sensation Ankush Hazra and Bangladeshi woman-to-watch Mahiya Mahi join forces in this action-packed rom-com that sees the duo fight villains and break out into epic ballads in equal measure.

Arriving in Indian cinemas on 23 January, Romeo vs Juliet promises to be an engaging and hilarious film that showcases London's best locations.

Trafalgar, Piccadilly, Westminster and more

In their expansive and joyous title song, Hazra and Mahi take in all the sights of London. The video could be a standalone showcase of the city, with iconic locations including Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge and Regent Street.

How did the production get access to so many internationally recognised locations?

"This being an Indian regional film the budget was not at par with Bollywood films," says Producer Sushanto Sarkar of Flame Visuals UK. "The cooperation we had from Film London and indeed from across the city councils and Met police made it all possible."

"We were extremely impressed with the efficient response from Emma Stewart at City of Westminster who handled our complex requirements in a tight timescale," adds Ian Aegis, Location Manager.

Romeo vs Juliet star Ankush Hazra dancing with a troupe by the Thames

With a crew of over 100 – including dancers, technical staff and more - the production made use of London's filming infrastructure to create an energetic (and catchy!) celebration of the city.

Encouraging South Asian filmmakers in India and the UK

Romeo vs Juliet star Ankush Hazra dancing with a troupe by the O2 arena

Romeo vs Juliet is just the latest in a long London/South Asia love affair on screen. Film London is currently seeking to expand that relationship with Microwave International: Shakespeare India.

An off-shoot of our successful micro-budget training-through-production scheme Microwave, Film London Microwave International: Shakespeare India brings Asian talent from the UK and India together to work on projects inspired by the writer.

We're currently looking for Asian filmmakers in the UK and India to develop and deliver an interpretation of Shakespeare. The programme offers extensive training, mentoring and the potential to produce a feature - don't miss out, applications close 2 February 2015!

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