With nearly a century-old film industry, India has become the largest movie producing nation in the world. The country boasts fascinating diversity of geography and landscapes which attracts filmmakers. In spite of this, more and more movie productions move to Thailand due to its better production services industry, infrastructure and professional crew.
Indian productions can save time and - consequently - money in Thailand, thanks to the southeast Asian country's skilled production service crews.
The director of the Bollywood super project BIue, Anthony "Tony" D'Suza, spent 55 days filming at a Thailand location together with a crew of 85 from India. He claims that the production services industry in Thailand is better than in India.
"Overall, infrastructure is better here," D’Suza says. "While India has the same or better landscapes, communication, transportation and professional crews are all superior in Thailand. Crews work hard and get the job done in the shortest amount of time. And we all know that time is money...so the money that we have to spend on travel and accommodations here in country is more than compensated for in money that we save in production time."
Indian movie star Akshay Kumar, who shot a TV commercial in Bangkok recently, said, "Crews are more professional here. Action and stunt people are good at what they do and know what they are doing! Besides, there are fewer disturbances here—fans, agents cannot reach me like they can on set in India. Fewer disturbances means we can focus on the job at hand and get done in a quicker time. More time to go shopping!” he laughed.”
Indian producer Bunty Bahl argued, "I think it boils down to Thailand having better, more professional crews that cut down production time. Also, infrastructure for getting things done, like traffic control on roads, use of bridges and permits for other road and rail network facilities. These are all advantages to filming in Thailand."
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