Bollywood came to Ballynahinch last week, when an elite group of producers and directors from the Indian Film industry visited the castle, once the home of the Maharajah Ranjit Singh Ji, to scout for possible film locations.
The trip was part of a countrywide visit organised by the Irish Film Board, Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland.
Greeted by General Manager Patrick O’Flaherty and assistant manager Arivin Singh Grewal, the group was led by Huzan Frazer, Tourism Ireland’s representative in India.
“Connemara and Ballynahinch Castle are ideally suited for hosting film production. There have been in excess of 60 films shot in the Galway and Connemara region over a number of years,” commented General Manager Patrick O’Flaherty said.
“Any production company that visits Connemara will find a full range of services and facilities available. The importance of showcasing the region in movies in India cannot be over stated. The economic benefit to the region of a Bollywood release would be huge,” he added.
The Indian film industry, often called ‘Bollywood’, after Bombay, the former name of Mumbai, is a multi-billion dollar industry with an output several times that of Hollywood.