Bollywood's shoot fest in Delhi!

By Hindustan Times

Bollywood will hot up the Capital in the coming months as it gets down to filming business in the city. Sonam Kapoor, who has been rehearsing with the Asmita theatre group in Delhi for her role in Raanjhana, is now up for the shoot. Filmmaker Atul Agnihotri will also shoot his film in Delhi next
month. “Yes, I am planning to shoot the film in Delhi but I can’t talk about it yet,” he says. The film is rumoured to star Salman Khan. In September, actors Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor will arrive in the Capital to shoot Yash Raj’s Aurangzeb. Next month, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri will be in the city to shoot his film Freedom, which has an ensemble cast.

“The film chronicles post liberalisation ambitions of youngsters. I will be shooting trans-Yamuna and in west Delhi for three months,” he says. Ranbir Kapoor will be here in November to shoot Abhinav Kashyap’s Besharam. While the filmmaker says “nothing has been locked yet”, sources say the makers have zeroed in on locations across the city. End of the year will see Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma in the city to shhot Rajkumar Hirani’s Peekay. Pooja Bhatt, too, plans to shoot Jism 3 in Delhi. “I want to show Delhi winter in the film,” she says. “Besides these, three more filmmakers are in talks to shoot in Delhi,” says line producer Ravi Sarin.

Filmmakers say that Delhi authorities are very co-operative, and the upcoming single window system will make seeking permissions in the city even easier. “In Mumbai, there are different unions for each area, but the single permit process for shooting across Delhi is more sorted,” says filmmaker Imtiaz Ali who shot Rockstar in Delhi last year. Filmmaker Amit Chandrra who shot the Vivek Oberoi and Mallika Sherawat starrer Kismet, Love, Paisa, Dilli here says, “We had a great experience here as the authorities were very co-operative.” Delhi police, too, say that the process will only get simpler: “The district DCP is authorised to give a permit within 24hrs if they are not violating terms and conditions,” says a senior police official.

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