All the big films this year have been shot in Delhi

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh ■ an­juri. na­yar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

With the two most loved films of the year — Shoo­jit Sir­car’s Piku and Aanand L Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu Re­turns — based in Delhi, the Cap­i­tal seems to have be­come a film­maker’s dar­ling.

Some up­com­ing big ticket films such as SRK star­rer-Fan, Sal­man Khan’s Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan, Ran­bir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone-star­rer Ta­masha and Ab­hishek Kapoor’s Fi­toor have also been filmed here.

Film­mak­ers and ex­perts say that the Cap­i­tal seems to have be­come the lucky charm for the film in­dus­try. “In these films, the place be­comes more like a char­ac­ter in the film,” says trade an­a­lyst Ko­mal Nahta. Sir­car agrees. “I’ve grown up in Delhi and you’ll see that all my films have some­thing of Delhi in it — the city takes the shape of char­ac­ter,” he says. Film dis­trib­u­tor Ra­jesh Thadani adds, “Peo­ple of­ten sees pic­tures of the shoot­ing and they want to see the same places in the film too.

While Piku was shot in Gur­gaon, Tanu weds Manu Re­turns cap­tured Delhi Univer­sity. Films such as Anushka Sharma’s NH10 and Kalki Koech­lin-star­rer Mar­garita With a Straw, where Kalki plays a stu­dent of Ram­jas Col­lege, were also based in Delhi. Ak­shay Ku­mar’s film Baby was also based in Vas­ant Kunj and Greater Noida.

Ac­tors en­joy shoot­ing in the Cap­i­tal too. “I love shoot­ing in Delhi. My as­so­ci­a­tion with Delhi started when I started my mod­el­ling ca­reer. I spent time here while shoot­ing for Love Aaj Kal, Piku and Ta­masha,” says Deepika. Ac­tor Kan­gana Ra­naut says, “I have shot many films in Delhi and I think the Delhi sum­mer is as fa­mous as its sardi.” Adds Tanu Weds Manu Re­turns di­rec­tor Anand L Rai, “Kan­gana felt very com­fort­able (shoot­ing in DU), and had come with­out se­cu­rity.”

A still from Tanu Weds Manu Re­turns

Parts of Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan, star­ring Sal­man Khan and Ka­reena Kapoor Khan, have been shot at Hu­mayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid and In­dia Gate

Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan has been shot in Dwarka, Old Delhi, Con­naught Place and Red Fort

Ta­masha, fea­tur­ing Ran­bir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, was shot in parts of NCR, Hauz Khas Vil­lage, Vas­ant Kunj and Gura­gaon’s Cy­ber Hub.

A still from Mar­garita With a Straw

Sal­man and Ka­reena in Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan

Shah Rukh Khan shoot­ing for Fan

A still from Piku

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