Isle of Man road races set for Bollywood film
- Bollywood star John Abraham to star and co-produce the yet untitled road racing film.
John Abraham is all set to transform his passion for bikes to celluloid. The actor-producer will star in a feature film that revolves around motorcycles. The as yet untitled film is currently in pre-production with filming set to take place at the Southern 100 Road Races in July 2019.
For John this is a true passion project: “A story around motorcycles is very close to my heart, I am an ardent rider and my bikes are like my babies. I decided to develop a film on riders and the love of motorcycles in-house over two years ago.”
Duke have been working with John since an initial approach in 2015. International Sales Manager Dave Bignell has lent his expertise and passion for road racing to the ambitious project, helping to introduce John to the Southern 100 as well as explaining some of the intricacies of the world of road racing.
"I am especially pleased that we will film the action sequences in the Isle of Man, the world-renowned home of racing on real roads and the TT races" says John, adding, "It’s where the MotoGP started and where riders still hurtle around normal roads closed for racing at up to 200 mph. I have always dreamed of filming there, it’s the perfect film stage for my new movie.”
Technical Consultant on the new movie is Peter Duke, head of the world’s leading motorsport video company and whose father Geoff was a six-time World Motorcycle Champion and six-time TT winner. “We’re delighted to be working with John and the team, they've shown themselves to be true enthusiasts and we're sure their passion for motorcycle racing is going to translate into a thrilling action movie. The Southern 100 Races will be one of the settings. With mass-starts, close racing and lots of overtaking, it’s a perfect fit for the World's largest market for bikes and films: India! I can’t wait to see how the cinematographers portray the spectacle and thrill of this mind-blowing sport to Indian audiences. I think they will be impressed!"
The production promises to deliver the biggest audience yet for the Isle of Man and will be supported by media professionals in the private and public sector. Laurence Skelly, Enterprise Minister of the Isle of Man Government commented, "The Isle of Man is the home of road racing and, whilst the TT is what we are principally known for, we also have a rich series of annual races on our roads which draws crowds from around the world. We are pleased to welcome this interest in our Island and the proposals build on both our motorcycling heritage and our strong pedigree as a stunning location for TV and film. We look forward to John Abraham’s film presenting the Isle of Man to the vast Indian cinema audience for the first time.”
Southern 100 Club Chairman, George Peach said: "The club are delighted to have been asked to be involved with the film not only because of the publicity the Southern 100 Road Races will receive, which will attract even more race fans to the Isle of Man but also the high regard that the ‘friendly races’ are held in that they are recommended to the film producers by Duke Video who are the world’s leading motorsport video company.
"Southern 100 Racing look forward to welcoming the film crew to Billown and working alongside them during this year’s Southern 100."