Ek Tha Tiger (Once upon a time a tiger), a film that includes scenes shot in Cuba, set a new record for Bollywood when it collected more than 300 million rupees ($ 6.1 million USD), in its opening day, in a nation that produces close to a thousand films every year.
The film’s director Kabir Khan wanted several scenes shot in Havana city’s locations earlier this year to be part of the plot of his film which this week became the fastest movie to reach the 100 crore mark (18 million USD) in the box office.
The cast of actors, including megastar Salma Khan, and the film crew, traveled to Havana in February to shoot the scenes of the film where elements of action, drama and comedy come together.
Thus, Havana´s barrios surrounding the Capitolio (Capitol), with their neighbors, their balconies and balustrades, the famous Malecon (seawall) with waves soaking the leading actors, are immortalized in this film that just broke the record box office in India.
The film’s director told reporters that among the favorite places where he shot are those in Cuba. At the same time, specialized critics said Cuba had been a very fortunate choice for the film.
This film brings India and Cuba closer thanks to a hobby that has millions of followers in both countries. This film undoubtedly will help the Indian audience to learn about this island of which they must have heard sometime.