Spotted! Shoot­ing stars in Delhi for films on so­cial issues

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur

We clicked ac­tors Sonam Kapoor and Ak­shay Ku­mar shoot­ing in Delhi for direc­tor R. Balki’s film Pad­man. The two were shoot­ing in­side Ter­mi­nal 3 of Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Thurs­day and at the In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy on Fri­day morn­ing.

The cast and crew are stay­ing in Delhi for three days, be­fore they wrap up their Delhi sched­ule. Pad­man is based on the life of Arunacha­lam Mu­ru­ganan­tham, a so­cial entrepreneur from Coim­bat­ore who in­vented low-cost san­i­tary nap­kins for vil­lage women. He also cre­ated grass­roots mech­a­nisms for rais­ing aware­ness on tra­di­tional un­hy­gienic prac­tices around men­stru­a­tion in ru­ral In­dia.

On the sec­ond day of the shoot, the cast and crew of Pad­man shot in the In Lec­ture The­atre Com­plex of IIT. Actor Rad­hika Apte also joined the crew. The au­di­to­rium had only the crew and se­lected au­di­ence mem­bers.

Actor Ran­vir Shorey is shoot­ing in Delhi for his film Halka, which is about a boy’s dis­com­fort with open defe­ca­tion. The shoot is tak­ing place at a slum near Pra­gati Madan. A set has been cre­ated out­side In­draprastha metro sta­tion. The team has been shoot­ing there for the past three or four days.

Di­rected by I Am Kalam film­maker Nila Mad­hab Panda, Halka — sort of a se­quel to I Am Kalam — also stars Paoli Dam and Ku­mud Mishra. The word is that the direc­tor has also hired two peo­ple from the slum area as ac­tors in the film.

Ran­vir says, “We will be shoot­ing in Delhi till the end of [April]. Apart from [this place near] Pra­gati Maidan, there are a few other lo­ca­tions. The film has magical re­al­ism and the story is based on a so­cially rel­e­vant sub­ject. I am play­ing the pro­tag­o­nist’s fa­ther.”

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

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