A 40-minute action Bollywood movie which cost just £24.14 to create will make its premiere this weekend.
The Bollywood movie was made by budding filmmaker, Geoff Dixon from Barnard Castle in Co Durham, and stars the staff from his local Indian restaurant, the Bengal Merchant.
The film, entitled Indian Pickle, has been dubbed the cheapest Bollywood blockbuster ever by its creator in an interview with his local newspaper, The Advertiser. Despite its minuscule budget, the movie manages to pack in some impressive special effects including a helicopter flying down a Co Durham street, a car careering off the end of a bridge and a plane crash.
As well as the staff at the Bengal Merchant, Indian Pickle also features two cameo appearances from well known comics, Kevin Bishop and Alun Cochraine.
Indian Pickle follows the story of Rajah who moves to the UK after winning in lottery in India, however he gets mixed up in the criminal underworld when his brother is taken hostage.
The movie was shot in both Castle Barnard, and India during the film maker’s holiday to Goa, although much of the action was filmed with a green screen back drop to facilitate the special effects. The green screen was in fact, the movie’s biggest expense, using up over 50% of the budget with a price tag of £13.50. The second biggest expense for Indian Pickle was Blu Tack, and the hire of a tuk-tuk while shooting on location in India.
Indian Pickle will make its debut at a screening in the Co Durham town this weekend. A DVD of the Bollywood action movie is free to all Bengal Merchant customers.