Production has started in Singapore on Indian director Rakesh Roshan's Krrish,which is the first film to take advantage of the $6m (S$10m) 'Film InSingapore' incentive scheme.

Set up by the SingaporeTourism Board (STB), the scheme aims to encourage foreign productions to chooseSingapore as a shooting location. Up to 50% of productionexpenses incurred while filming in Singapore can be subsidised. In addition, the STB will obtainall necessary filming permits, in particular when road closure is needed.

Produced by Roshan'sFilmkraft, Krrish is the highly-anticipated sequel to sci-fi blockbusterKoi Mil Gaya which won Roshan a best director award at last year's International Indian Film Academy awards, Bollywood's equivalent of the Oscar's.

Bollywood star HrithikRoshan, Rakesh's son, plays a superhero with former Miss World Priyanka Chopraas his love interest. The picture is expected to finish shooting in Novemberfor delivery next June.

About 60% of the film willbe shot on location in Singapore and the STB is hoping that the high-profileIndian film will attract further overseas productions to the city-state. The STBis now processing several proposals from Asia and Europe for the Film In Singapore scheme.