When it comes to shooting films, Delhi remains a darling with the Bollywood frat, despite over-excited mobs and security concerns. While the recent filming schedule of Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif-starrer Bang Bang had to be stalled due to traffic concerns and eager fan crowds, this has not deterred other stars or film crews from shooting here in the next few weeks.
The coming months will see some big-ticket, big actor films being shot in Delhi. To count some, these include Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Fan, Arbaz Khan production Dolly ki Doli which will be filmed here in April, Arjun Kapoor-starrer Tevar, which is currently being shot in Agra and will move to the city soon, and Kangana Ranaut’s Tanu Weds Manu sequel.
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That's not all. Ranveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra’s Kill Dil was being filmed in the Capital recently; Rani Mukerji was in Delhi for Mardani; and Salman Khan wrapped up his Delhi shoot schedule for Kick recently. "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.
Some of the reasons that give the city an edge, say filmmakers, are affordable locations, friendly authorities and 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 road, you’ll have to shell out about two lakhs, while in Delhi it’s just five thousand," shares Ravi Sarin, a line producer. "Some of the 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 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."