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British-Pakistani businessman seeks to set up film industry in Dubai with Bollywood stars

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Farah Khan and Shakeel Ahmad Meer.

Jamil Khan, Senior Reporter

A British-Pakistani businessman, based in the UAE, made a significant announcement of setting up a Dubai-based film industry with mega Bollywood movie stars.

Shakeel Ahmad Meer recently participated in the prestigious International Film Festival and Awards (IFFA2023) held in Abu Dhabi and met with renowned Bollywood stars on the green carpet.

On this significant occasion, Shakeel Ahmad Meer made a grand announcement of establishing his visionary project, the UAE’s Film Industry. With this initiative, he aims to produce films, dramas, and TV shows in the United Arab Emirates through his investment group.

Talking to the media recently, he said, “During the grand award show, I was engaged in conversations with different Bollywood stars and networked with important personalities, producers, and directors in the industry. It was a golden opportunity and provided me with valuable insights into the workings of the Bollywood film industry and solidified relationships with key players for future collaborations.”

Meer’s endeavour encompasses providing opportunities to aspiring actors, writers, and filmmakers. Through his invitation to Bollywood film stars, Meer aims to create a supportive environment that fosters guidance and collaboration. It is expected that this initiative will bridge the gap between established filmmakers and emerging talent, fostering innovation and creative abilities within the film industry.

Furthermore, Meer works as a catalyst to strengthen relations between India, the UAE, Pakistan and the UK. With his British-Pakistani background, Meer has enhanced cultural cooperation and aims to bring these countries closer through the medium of cinema. This project opens doors for collaboration and joint production in the future, further enhancing cultural ties and creating a platform for the exchange of ideas.

As news of Shakeel Ahmad Meer’s announcement reverberates throughout the UAE, Pakistan, and the Indian film industry, hope and enthusiasm continue to grow. Under his leadership, the establishment of a ‘film industry in the UAE’ promises to transform the cinematic landscape, offering a unique opportunity for aspiring artists and filmmakers to showcase their talents in the flourishing world of cinema.

“We will take the next step by fully adhering to the rules and regulations,” he said and expressed hope that the UAE government, known for its kindness and progressive mindset in supporting new ideas, would provide him with substantial cooperation, guidance, and encouragement.




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