Tuesday, June 23, 10:31 AM EDT
By Max Marbut, Staff Writer
A scene for a new feature film, “Romance Complicated,” was filmed along Laura Street Downtown near City Hall and the Main Library.
With an international cast and crew in the midst of 12 days of filming, another title is being added to the list of feature films created, at least in part, in Jacksonville.
Director Dhwani Gautam is filming scenes at several locations for “Romance Complicated.” The film stars Delhi-based model and Miss India finalist Divya Misra and Bollywood singers Aishwarya Majmudar and Javed Ali.
The production is expected to generate an estimated local economic impact of $200,000, the city said in a news release.
In addition to the India-based cast and crew, 60 local crew members and extras were hired for the scenes filmed in Jacksonville.
According to romancecomplicatedthefilm.com, the storyline is a “complicated yet adorable romance between a sweet, innocent, naughty and loveable guy” and an “arrogant, yet charming damsel.”
The pair travels from India to America in search of their soul mates with stops in New York City and Florida.
Todd Roobin, manager of the Jacksonville Film & Television Office, said for this latest film, Jacksonville is not “standing in” for another city as it has in previous productions, but rather is an integral part of the plot line.
For example, Hanna Park was depicted as a U.S. Navy Seal training camp in Southern California for “G.I. Jane” starring Demi Moore and Viggo Mortensen. Some courtroom scenes were filmed in Jacksonville for “Devil’s Advocate” starring Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.
In “Basic,” starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Connie Nielsen, the area around Cecil Commerce Center became a jungle in Panama.
Since June 15, the crew for “Romance Complicated” has filmed scenes at Friendship Fountain, the Northbank Riverwalk, the Jacksonville Landing, along Laura Street Downtown and at the Jacksonville Beach pier.
The film also represents a first for the local feature film industry.
“As far as I know, it’s the first time an Indian feature film has been shot here,” said Roobin.
The film is scheduled to be released in India in September. Roobin said a U.S. premiere is in the works and the movie could eventually be released on a global level.