A film’s need for a movie theater and the suggestion of a local college professor led to Rome hosting an international movie production for a day.

Award-winning Indian filmmaker Shyamaprasad came to Rome on Friday with his crew for his newest movie “Ivide” and set up scenes inside Rome Cinemas, 2535 Shorter Ave.

“Generally, the entire production has been based in Atlanta,” the director said. “But we have been looking at the suburbs for some locations and needed a quaint-looking movie house where we have some action happen.”

Tim Naddy, a professor at Shorter University and local actor, has been working on the film and mentioned Rome in passing to the crew.

“I said, ‘Rome is right around the corner,’” Naddy said Friday. “When I got to Atlanta this morning, they came up to me and said, ‘Sorry, you’ve got to drive back to Rome. And we need extras.’”

Naddy put out a call on social media and through the Rome News-Tribune’s website for extras of all ages for shooting Friday afternoon.

The film is a Malayalam crime drama set in Atlanta and stars Prithviraj, Nivin Pauly and Bhavana. Malayalam films are characterized by the language spoken in the southwestern India state of Kerala.

According to assistant director Priya Chokshi, “Ivide” is the first Indian movie filmed entirely in Georgia.

“Because of this film, who the director is, and who is in it, it is going to open a lot of doors for Indian film here,” Chokshi said.

She said the movie is a crossover film, meaning that while it is an Indian film, the story and production are based in the U.S. and most of the dialogue is in English.

“It is a story of relationships and cultural conflict,” Shyamaprasad said. “It’s about different nationalities working and living together.”

The crew has been filming in Atlanta since January and was close to wrapping principal photography when they dropped into Rome on Friday.


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