Mumbai, April 2 -- When it comes to shooting for films, Delhi remains a darling with the Bollywood fraternity, despite overexcited mobs and occasional security concerns.
While the recent filming schedule of the Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif-starrer Bang Bang had to be stalled due to traffic concerns and eager crowds, this has not deterred other stars or film crews from shooting in the Capital over the next few weeks.
The coming months will see some big-ticket films being shot in Delhi. These include the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Fan, Arbaaz Khan's production Dolly Ki Doli (to be shot there in April), the Arjun Kapoor-starrer Tevar, which is currently being shot in Agra, and will move to Delhi soon, and Kangana Ranaut's Tanu Weds Manu (2011) sequel.
That's not all. Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra's Kill Dil were also being filmed in the Capital recently; Rani Mukerji was in Delhi for Mardaani; while Salman Khan has wrapped up his Delhi shoot schedule for Kick. "Delhi may see more than 30 films being shot in the city this year, and we're facilitating a shoot-friendly environment," says Sudhir Sobti of Delhi Tourism.
According to film-makers, some of the reasons that give the city an edge are affordable locations, friendly authorities and the availability of tech support. "The locations in Delhi come at a more economical price as compared to Mumbai. For instance, here, you can get a location from 2,000 to 70,000, whereas in Mumbai, it starts at 1 lakh. If you want to shoot on the streets, you'll have to shell out about 2 lakh (in Mumbai), while in Delhi it's just 5000," says Ravi Sarin, a line producer. "Some of the Delhi colleges, such as Miranda House, are heritage buildings and make for great locations. The Delhi Metro is another charm," says RP Singh, who has been facilitating shoots as a line producer for 20 years.
Director Kabir Sadanand, who shot his film Fugly in Delhi recently, says, "There is so much in Delhi beyond the India Gate and Qutab Minar, and filmmakers are now discovering that. In the past few years, the satellite cities have also given Delhi a fresh feel."