The filming of an all-action Bollywood blockbuster is under way in Glasgow - with industry stars saying the city now enjoys top billing as a location of choice.

Thriller Tehran, which stars millionaire movie star John Abraham, is being shot at several locations across the city centre over the next two weeks.

The cameras got rolling on Monday as scenes were shot and the Glasgow Times was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

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The blockbuster, which is described as a geo-political thriller based on true-life events, is expected to prove a money-spinner for the city. It follows the arrival of Hollywood crews last year, who transformed parts of Glasgow to film The Batman and the latest in the Indiana Jones franchise.

Gurpreet Singh, director of production service ENT imm, has been instrumental in bringing the cast and crew to the city.

He said: “Glasgow has become the first choice for many Bollywood productions, especially after top Hindi films such as Bell Bottom and Blind completed their shooting in the city during Covid restrictions.

“Tehran is a major film and will showcase Glasgow at its finest.

“The city has a lot to offer, and we are thrilled to have permission to shoot here. In these uncertain financial times, we hope to keep the burgeoning film and television industry moving forward and its great international production houses are bringing jobs and income to the city.”

Glasgow Times:

Scenes will be shot across the city at a string of locations over the next few weeks until filming wraps on July 28 - including what looks like a huge scene for the movie which will require the complete closure of Blythswood Square, Waterloo Street and Holm Street.

A number of other busy routes will also be closed at varying times.

Glasgow Times:

A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “Roads affected, and dates and times of restrictions apply to all vehicles, with the exception of an emergency service vehicle carrying out an emergency response or vehicles given permission from Glasgow City Council filming and events section.”

The movie is the brainchild of acclaimed director Aran Gopalan and is scheduled for release early next year.