Milan Luthria creates mini Mumbai

By HT

Mumbai is famous for its iconic landmarks such as Chor Bazaar, Khau Gali, Mutton Street and Mohammed Ali Road. And as director Milan Luthria gets ready to capture the metropolitan city of the ’70s and ’80s, he wants to showcase these places in a grand manner. But fearing security issues that
threaten to disrupt the shooting at real locations, Milan has insisted on re-creating a sprawling life-like set at Film City for the last schedule of his Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2. And apparently, the lavish set is going to cost makers around R1 crore.

To start with, after months of research, thousands of photographs and information from real visits to the spots have all been combined to construct what Luthria calls “one of the most detailed film sets” he has ever attempted. “If you watch my last few films, I have always been particular about the look of the settings. And also, what is important is that since 2009 (when he shot Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai), things have changed a lot. The population has increased and people have become more active on the Internet revealing shooting details on social networking sites. So I am paranoid about all this and have roped in heavy security to guard the look, in addition to making sure of the actors’ security,” says the director.

Designed by production designer Priya Suhaas and art director Sunil Jaiswal, the set will see a qawwali song picturised on Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha, featuring 80 dancers, a thrilling bike race and a major climax scene featuring the entire cast and about 600 junior artistes. “The set will have around 40-odd building and five to six restaurants. We are going to shoot elaborate songs and action sequences. With wide streets and lot of old-looking buildings, it gives a feel of Mumbai,” says Luthria with a laugh.

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