A more or less secret movie shoot is ongoing in Bulgaria, while the 2017 Sofia Film Fest ends on March 31.
Indian media are reporting that action thriller Vivegam (“Wisdom”) was being filmed in Bulgaria.
Vivegam is being produced in Tamil, starring some of the biggest Indian stars. Among them are Kajal Aggarwal and Ajith Kumar. The world-wide release of the movie is scheduled for August of 2017.
The first shoots for this Indian production took place in Slovenia last year. According to the producers, the shoot in Bulgaria will last until April. This is supposed to be the final shooting destination for the film, more than two thirds of which were filmed in Europe.
Siva is the director of Vivegam, and he also co-wrote the script. It is his seventh movie as a director.
An Indian daily is reporting that Kumar portrays an Interpol police officer in charge of solving a crime in Chennai.
Bulgaria is an attractive filming location. Especially action movies, but also lots of other films have been shot at, or with the involvement of, Nu Boyana Film Studios, on the outskirts of the capital city Sofia, half way up the Vitosha mountain.
Sofia is an important European cinema city because of the Sofia Film Fest (SFF). During the event, hundreds of high quality movies were screened, both Bulgarian and international ones. Awards were given out, prominent guests from abroad and overseas were welcomed, classic movies were rediscovered.
SFF included special events and discussions for young film directors, and a lot more. After the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlinale, SFF has become one of the most important film festivals in Europe.