Tourism is an important sector for Maldives and a major revenue earner for that country. They do understand the importance of wooing Bollywood film-makers to their country, and also the importance of promoting their country to the affluent middle-class segment of India.
The Maldivian government is serious considering developing their islands as studios to attract more Bollywood film producers and directors.
They’re sure that Bollywood can be used to promote Maldives in the same manner as has happened in Seychelles and Mauritius.
The advantage Maldives has is that most Indian superstars (Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Amir Khan) are already convinced about the potential of this island country as prospective shooting locations.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna recently shared a picture from their holidays in Maldives.
Soaking in all the goodness of the sun & the sea,one last stroll before we bid goodbye.Maldives you will be missed! pic.twitter.com/1iMpnjVJq3
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 12, 2016
The Bhatt Family in Maldives
Alia Bhatt did some great films in the last few months or so, and took a much-deserved break with her family (her sister Shaheen, mother Soni Razdan and dad Mahesh Bhatt) to the Maldives.
Moments rather than possessions are the true treasures of life !Heading to the exotic Maldives for a family holiday pic.twitter.com/cg8GsytFmt
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) December 11, 2016
Alia spent a lot of time on the beaches and also went cycling.
Katrina Kaif’s sizzling pictures from Maldives
Katrina Kaif’s sizzling pictures from Maldives, where she was shooting for a magazine.
Most of her movies in the recent past may have failed to sizzle the box-office, however Katrina Kaif still happens to be one of the most sought after celebrities in the industry.
More importantly for her fans, Katrina Kaif (after remaining elusive for long) has finally opened up to the social media by posting some gorgeous photos from Maldives. She even shared a stunning picture of her, flaunting a bikini.
Katrina Kaif was in Maldives for a photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar Bride India. Manish Malhotra was the designer for the photo-shoot (and it happened to be his birthday).
Manish also posted a couple of pictures of the svelte actress, rocking a black bodysuit, resting against the designer.
Bollywood Movies Shot in Maldives
Bollywood movies shot in Maldives, include Samudra, ‘Fight Club – Members Only’, Kites, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya.
Bandos Island Resort, Bandos, Maldives (‘Kites’)
Bollywood Stars Love to Holiday Here
That’s right! Most Bollywood stars rush to Maldives with their family for holidays. Bollywood celebrities love the beach, preferably overseas (to get some privacy I guess, though its never guaranteed). Besides, Maldives is also one of the hottest destination for New Year Party!
Bollywood hunk Hrithik Roshan was spotted holidaying with his sons Hrehaan & Hridhaan in the Maldives.
Sonakshi Sinha having a blast, all by herself, in the Maldives.
Kareena Kapoor & Saif Ali Khan, with family, holidaying in the Maldives.
Uday Chopra and Nargis Fakhri (alleged couple) were spotted holidaying on a beach in Maldives on the New Year’s eve.
Sridevi was recently in Maldives with producer-hubby Boney Kapoor and her two daughters Jhanvi & Khushi to celebrate the year end. The hawa-hawai girl spent the last few days of 2013 with her family in Maldives.
Few years back, Saif Ali Khan & Kareena Kapoor were also here on holidays (after completing the shooting for Tashan).
Maldives Loves Bollywood Too
The country doesn’t have a lot of cinema halls, so the locals watch their favorite actors on cable television, where they have access to both the latest flicks as well as old Hindi films.
Even the ‘saas-bahu’ sagas are quite popular among Maldivians, especially women.
The Maldivian language sounds somewhat like the languages of North India; no wonder that Maldivians like to watch Hindi movies and listen to Hindi songs.
In fact, there are several popular Maldivian songs that are based on Hindi tunes.
People here love to listen to old songs of Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, and Asha Bhonsle.
Maldives, with its crystal-clear blue skies and white coral beaches, makes a picture-perfect romantic destination for weddings, honeymoons, and couples, who were celebrating their wedding anniversary. Its also a great destination to usher in the New Year.
Tourism is one of the largest sources of income for Maldives; it plays an important role in earning foreign exchange revenues and also in generating employment within the country. The archipelago (cluster or group of islands) of the Maldives is the main source of attraction to many tourists visiting the country worldwide.
Official languages: Maldivian (Dhivehi)
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa (MVR)
Calling code: +960
Maldives Vacation Travel Video
Watch: A Tourist’s guide to Male, Maldives
Checkout this video of Destination Maldives.
Luxury Resort With a Superyacht
The Velaa Private Island resort, located in the northern Noonu Atoll region of Maldives, is a luxury resort with its own ‘Superyacht’. Yes, you heard it right! It means guests can arrange a spontaneous day cruise or an intimate dinner on board, prepared by the yacht’s on-board chef.
The cost to stay at Velaa Private Island?
It starts at around $1500 per night, rising to $30,000 for the most luxurious rooms.