A film is being shot outside Nicosia, Cyprus by director Kyriakos Tofarides and is featuring a diverse cast, including a Bollywood star, Neetu Chandra, well known in India, where she has appeared in 18 movies
The movie, entitled Home Sweet Home, is a romantic comedy that takes place on Cyprus. Tofarides, who is also the producer and scriptwriter, chose Chandra to play a rural Indian girl pursued by three men. “Kyriakos, who has produced several award-winning Greek films, including The Last Homecoming, spent almost four years on the script. Chandra said, “I’m now learning the basics of Greek for this film.”
“The screenplay talks about a man who just got sick of everything and wants to live alone in solitude,” Production Manager Stelios Constantinou told the Cyprus Mail. It all begins when the UK discovers large oil deposits in the area of the old mines on Cyprus.
The British government decides to behave diplomatically but wants to exploit the mines, a sensitive topic on Cyprus where distrust of the British remains from when they occupied the island. In the film, the British decide to apologize in public and withdraw from their sovereign military bases on the island. In exchange they ask to be given the old mines area to turn them into an ecological park.
The protagonist of Tofarides’ film owns a big part of the old mines, which appear as a heaven to him because they are peaceful. Due to financial woes, however, he has to move back into his parents’ house where another 11 people live including a domestic worker played by Chandra.
The film will be presented in Cyprus and Greece at Christmas and it will be in English and Greek. Many well known Greek actors are also in the cast, including Karmen Roungeri, Kostas Demetriou and Giannis Tsimitselis. Tofarides is hoping the cast and story will make the film an international success.