Indian filmmakers are rediscovering the benefits of shooting in the small island nation of Malta
The first film in which Malta was featured was a silent film titled Sons Of The Sea (1939), and since then, the island nation has featured in more than 100 films.
Traditionally, Malta has not been a familiar destination for Indian filmmakers. In the ’70s and ’80s, films like Charas and Samraat were partly shot there. And, now, Aamir Khan-starrer Thugs Of Hindostan and Salman Khan’s Bharat have been filmed in this Mediterranean archipelago. Also, crucial portions of the worldwide phenomenon, Game Of Throne’s first season were shot in various locations in Malta.
One of the best things about Malta is that it does not have extreme temperatures. Summer is warm and dry, with the highest temperature in July hovering around 30°C. During winter, the temperature drops to 15°C, making January the coldest month. Also, the island does not have much rainfall during the year, except in November and December.
The most peaceful time to film in Malta is between February and June, with a fewer tourists and a pleasant climate. Malta is also less expensive during this time of the year. May is the perfect month to film in the beautiful countryside. However, for filming in a cooler environment, October is the most suitable month, again with quite a lower tourist ratio. The countryside is lush and green in winter, and dry and barren in summer.
Surrounded by the serene waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is an island with an old and rich cultural heritage, which is reflected by its artistic attractions. Besides the magnificent rocky arches of the coast and pristine beaches, you will also find prehistoric temples, military architecture, fossil-studded cliffs and hidden coves, a wide range of destinations to explore for cinema.
One of the most preferred locations for filmmakers in Malta is the capital city Valletta, founded in 1565, which is a beautiful glimpse of the rich heritage of the city. It is well-known for its wide range of gardens, and marvellous Churches and museums.
Apart from this, there is also The Grandmaster’s Palace, adorned with tapestries and fresco paintings. Another place is the ancient city of Mdina whose history can be traced back to over 4,000 years. The city has great locations with beautiful palaces and ancient architecture. Other than these, there is a Grand Harbour, the sea port; and sister islands of Gozo and Comino.
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- Bhavi Gathani