Uttarakhand disaster: Bollywood shoots receive a blow

By HT

The recent rain-induced disaster in Uttarakhand is set to strike a blow to the state’s popularity as a film shooting destination. In the past Bollywood films such as Student of the Year, Koi Mil Gaya, Kisna, Bunty Aur Babli and Aisha have been shot there.

Before the calamity struck, a big-budget Bollywood film starring A-listers Hrithik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor was to be shot in Rudrapryag — one of the worst-hit districts now — in November. That prospect seems bleak now.

“We had already conducted at least five rounds of location recce as well as stunts and lighting trials for the Hrithik Roshan film,” says Uttarakhand-based line producer Sanjeev Mehta, who has coordinated the shoots of several Bollywood films in the state. “The shoot was expected to l