Don’t be surprised if you walk into Ranveer Singh or Parineeti Chopra while hanging out in town. Delhi is busy playing host to a whole lot of big-ticket film shoots this winter, and the list of venues goes well beyond the usual filmy hotspots.
Boxer Vijender Singh is shooting here till December 5 for his debut film, Fugly. Some of the locations featured in the Akshay Kumar production are Tughlaqabad Fort and Sultanpuri.
“Delhi plays a character in the film. There is so much more to Delhi than the touristy places. My film explores the fact that people from various backgrounds, ideologies and parts of Delhi get treated very differently here,” says the film’s director, Kabir Sadanand.
Next up is Youngistaan, starring Neha Sharma and Jackky Bhagnani, to be filmed in Gurgaon and DU starting Nov 17. From November 24, actors Parineeti Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Ali Zafar will be seen around Rajouri Garden and Noida, shooting sequences for Aditya Chopra’s Kill Dil. Then, there’s Sunny Deol and Jacqueline Fernandez shooting for their respective untitled films in January. It’s the city’s winter magic that makes it a hotspot, believe the actors. “The weather in Delhi is fantastic,” says actor Mughdha Godse, who recently shot here for No Rules for Fools alongside Vinay Pathak.
Tourism officials are happy to oblige. “Delhi is a fresh location for filmmakers. It’s the perfect mix of rich cultural heritage and modern infrastructure. Movies are the best way to showcase the beauty and heritage of any place. As Delhi gets featured as a safe hub for tourists, this will benefit various stakeholders,” says Sudhir Sobti, chief manager (PR & Publicity), Delhi Tourism.
Also shot in Delhi
YRF’s Bewakoofian, starring
Ayushmann Khurana, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor
P.K starring Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma
Akshay Kumar starrer Boss
Besharam, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Pallavi Sharda