Watch: Malta, a Bollywood in the Mediterranean?

In the space of a couple of years, two large Bollywood movies have chosen Malta as their filming base.

Thugs of Hindostan, written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Katrina Kaif, and Lloyd Owen. Set in 1795, the film follows a band of Thugs led by Khudabaksh Azaad, who aspires to free Hindostan (the Indian subcontinent) from the rule of the expanding British East India Company. It was released last month to coincide with Diwali.

Bharat is an upcoming drama film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. The film stars Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Tabu, and Disha Patani and is scheduled for a theatrical release during Eid 2019. spoke to Joe Azzopardi, who – apart from being an actor – was a crew member on both of the films, about his experience working with ‘Bollywood in Malta’.