Times of Oman
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Oman Cinema: "Fully shot in Oman" Velli Velichathil to hit theatres today
August 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Oman's majestic mountains, idyllic beaches and historic souqs are set to mesmerise movie buffs as the first foreign film fully shot in the Sultanate hits theatres today (Friday).

The Malayalam language movie, Velli Velichathil (In the limelight), is expected not only to put Oman on the international movie map, but also provide a huge boost to tourism in Oman.

The film had generated huge interest during the production phase itself, as it brought together an array of acclaimed film personalities, including India's national award winning director Madhu Kaithapram and prominent Indian literary figure C.V. Balakrishnan, to name a few.

There was a casting coup of sorts too, when the director brought in prominent television journalist, John Brittas, in the lead role, which raised many eyebrows. It was on February 11, 2014 that the filming began in Muscat. The 46-member crew worked day and night for three weeks to complete the shoot on March 2.

A day prior to the release, Madhu Kaithapram, when contacted by Hi Weekly, expressed confidence that the film would do well at the box office. "I am satisfied with the final product. I believe that it will catch the attention of moviegoers in Oman."

C.V. Balakrishnan, who wrote the story and screenplay,  also felt that the film would not disappoint  audiences in Oman and elsewhere. "I got good feedback from those who watched the preview. It's an engaging movie. Muscat hogs the movie's limelight, thanks to the unique character of the city. It plays a perfect host to anyone who comes here. It fosters friendships.

No other place in the world has such a vibrant culture. These unique qualities invariably put
Muscat in the lead role," he said.

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