Luc­know can be al­ter­nate des­ti­na­tion for B’wood: Anub­hav

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Charmed by the ami­a­bil­ity of the city of Nawabs, film­maker Anub­hav

Sinha feels that Luc­know has in it to be an al­ter­nate des­ti­na­tion for Bol­ly­wood films after Mum­bai.

Here on the shoot of his up­com­ing flick Mulk, Sinha says: “When I came here, I was skep­ti­cal about shoot­ing with Rishiji (Kapoor), Taapsee (Pannu) and other ac­tors in mar­ket­place but the city sur­prised me. This is in­cred­i­ble. From lo­cals, ad­min­is­tra­tion and cops ev­ery­one co­op­er­ated with us out of the way,” he tells HT City.

The Tum Bin and Ra.One fame di­rec­tor also plans to shoot his next two films in his home state. “I have a script ready. It will be shot in a smaller place prob­a­bly in a tehsil. I also have an­other film that again can be shot in Luc­know but I am not sure which will go on the floor ear­lier,” he says.

How­ever, he has a word of cau­tion too. “The city has been won­der­ful but it is not as cheap as we thought it would be. Like in Mum­bai, we have a lo­ca­tions in Wai (near Panch­gani) where most of the UP and Bi­har films are shot and prices there have been con­sis­tent. But, com­par­a­tively, here the es­ca­la­tion has been too fast which is not a good thing. If this greed con­tin­ues then it won’t be vi­able to shoot here.”

From start-to-end, Mulk’s shoot was wrapped up in just 27 days. “It’s all due to team work. I ded­i­cate a lot of time in pre­pro­duc­tion and ev­ery­thing from shoot, to frame and cam­era an­gle to even dress chang­ing time was doc­u­mented. I took three months for prepa­ra­tions on war-foot­ing and com­pleted the film with­out any glitches.”

Some good 12-13 roles have been done by lo­cal ac­tors and the most sig­nif­i­cant are Raj Bis­aria and Anil Ras­togi.

On Mulk be­ing more in re­al­is­tic zone, the film­maker says:

“Ac­tu­ally, my start was with re­al­is­tic TV show Shikast with Manoj Ba­j­pai, Milin Gu­naji and Ashutosh Rana. It was Satya-types in lit­tle dark space of re­la­tion­ship. Then I made Sea Hawk fol­lowed by host of mu­sic videos and jour­ney of films started with Tum Bin (Dus, Cash, Ra.One etc). I wanted to go back in that zone and this idea came to mind. I wrote its screen­play and dia­logues in just three-days. So, this is not new to me though oth­ers will find it very dif­fer­ent to re­late with my kind of cinema.”

Sinha aims to re­lease the film in early 2018 and start with his next fast.

“This time I want to start quickly as I my shoot rate has been too slow. In 17 years I have made 8 films of which 4 years was for Ra.One. So, I want to go fast now and will shoot a lot more in UP,” he says.

His last film Tum Bin2 did not do well at box of­fice. “It was re­leased 10 days after de­mon­e­ti­za­tion and prob­a­bly that had hurt. I was mix­ing the film when the news came but I thought it won’t af­fect us. We re­al­ized it after Rock On2 failed but then it was too late. Tum Bin2 is one of my most sat­is­fy­ing films but sadly public didn’t like it,” he says on a sign­ing off note.

In Mulk, Luc­know will be shown as Varanasi.

THE TUM BIN AND RA.ONE FAME DI­REC­TOR ALSO PLANS TO SHOOT HIS NEXT TWO FILMS IN HIS HOME STATE.

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