New images of the star-studded cast of Bollywood blockbuster ‘Race 3’ on location in Abu Dhabi have been released - just hours after fans went wild for the first official trailer for the action film.
‘Race 3’, which is directed by Remo D’Souza and stars, among others, Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandes, filmed at nine locations in the Emirate across 23 days in March and April. D’Souza led a crew of more than 200 people, including 150 professionals from India working alongside local talent from the UAE.
Twofour54 provided full production services for the film’s shoot in Abu Dhabi as well as the support of its Government and Travel Services department. Four interns also worked on the project, which is benefiting from the 30% rebate on production spend in the Emirate from Abu Dhabi Film Commission.
The movie was shot in Abu Dhabi at the same time as another international production – ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, starring Tom Cruise, also with the support of twofour54 and the UAE Armed Forces, and just weeks before filming started on another Indian blockbuster, ‘Saaho’ starring Prabhas.
On Tuesday night, the first trailer for ‘Race 3’ was released on the YouTube channel of production company Salman Khan Films and Tips Industries Ltd, and by Wednesday morning it had already been viewed 13 million times.
H.E. Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said: “We are proud to see Abu Dhabi appearing on the big screen in yet another major international production.
“Having blockbusters such as ‘Race 3’, ‘Saaho’ and ‘Mission: Impossible’ filming in Abu Dhabi already this year is testament to the thriving and sustainable media sector that has been built in the Emirate and our global reputation as a top location for film and TV productions.
‘Race 3’ is the third film in the popular thriller and action franchise and also stars Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem and Freddy Daruwala. It marked the return of both Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandes to Abu Dhabi, as they had previously filmed in the Emirate for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ and ‘Dishoom’ respectively. The film’s stunt director, Tom Struthers, also worked on ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ last year.
Speaking after filming wrapped last month in Abu Dhabi, director D’Souza said: “Wow, what an incredible three weeks we spent in Abu Dhabi. Salman and Jacqueline told me all about the Emirate before we got here, however, it surpassed even their high praise.
“Our shoot went seamlessly thanks to the incredible support of organisations such as twofour54, Abu Dhabi Film Commission and, of course, the UAE Armed Forces, without whom we would never have been able to create such high-octane action sequences.
“I can’t wait for film fans to see the results in full when ‘Race 3’ hits screens.”
‘Race 3’ is due to be released in theatres on June 15.