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Bollywood brings Tiger back to economy

A SMALL part of Dublin was taken over by Bollywood yesterday as one of the world's biggest actors shot scenes near the Ha'Penny Bridge.

The name Salman Khan might not roll off the tongue of the average Irish film fan, but in his native India the 45-year-old is a household name and a leading man watched by tens of millions of people.

Yesterday the extent of this fame became apparent on this side of the world, as Khan was mobbed by more than 200 fans who turned up, camera-phones in hand, to catch a glimpse of the star.

Khan strolled up and down the Liffey boardwalk on Lower Ormond Quay on the first day of filming of a new spy thriller called 'Ek Tha Tiger'.

Such was the crush of onlookers that at one stage the star was even forced to take refuge in a nearby restaurant.

'Ek Tha Tiger' is the first Bollywood blockbuster to be made in Ireland.

It tells the story of a Trinity College scientist suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan.

The Indian government sends a secret agent, codenamed Tiger, to find out about the professor's activities.

Before long, he falls in love with the professor's caretaker Zoya -- played by the British-born actress Katrina Kaif.

According to its makers, the film is set to bring about €1.5m to the Irish economy and create more than 1,000 short-term jobs.

Irish Independent