When Ran­bir got high on bhang for a shot!

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Did you know that Priyanka Cho­pra once sat in­side her van and cried end­lessly right be­fore shoot­ing a scene? This hap­pened when di­rec­tor Anurag Basu was wait­ing to can the first shot for Barfi! As the film turns 5, Anurag Basu shares many more spe­cial mem­o­ries at­tached to the film and its mak­ing.

“I usu­ally start with the tough­est shot so I know what trig­gered PC’s re­ac­tion but then it came out so well,” says Anurag. “We had so much fun. I re­mem­ber play­ing cricket and our adda ses­sions be­fore shoot­ing every day,” he sounds nos­tal­gic. Upon be­ing coaxed into shar­ing more such in­ci­dents and ca­pers with us, Anurag re­mem­bers how shoot­ing in a small town in Coim­bat­ore dis­trict, that had no proper ho­tels, the ac­tors, made to stay at a proper five-star in Coim­bat­ore, came back to stay with him and the crew at the one of the lo­cal ho­tels.

Parts of the film were also shot guerilla style, in Kolkata. Basu rem­i­nisces get­ting PC and Ran­bir to shoot a scene at the heav­ily-crowded flower mar­ket un­der the Howrah Bridge. He, cheek­ily, goes on to re­veal how the en­tire crew, in­clud­ing Ran­bir Kapoor, was treated to bhang be­fore shoot­ing on Holi, and pre­dictably, no one in the crew re­mem­bers shoot­ing. This was the scene where Ran­bir Kapoor gets ar­rested and Ileana goes to meet Saurabh Shukla. Anurag adds that Barfi! will al­ways re­main close to his heart.

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Anurag Basu is known for his un­con­ven­tional meth­ods of film­mak­ing

Anurag Basu got PC and Ran­bir to shoot Barfi! the guerilla way

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