First night, first show

Anil, John, Ileana to kick off Pa­gal­panti in London this week, with night shoot

Mid Day - - Comment - MOHAR BASU [email protected]

DI­REC­TOR Anees Bazmee headed to London on Fri­day to set the ball rolling for Pa­gal­panti. Anil Kapoor, John Abra­ham and Ileana D’Cruz will join him this week in time for the comic ca­per’s first sched­ule that kicks off on Fe­bru­ary 17. On the cards is a heavy-duty ac­tion se­quence fea­tur­ing the cast — in­clud­ing Pulkit Sam­rat and Kriti Khar­banda — that will be shot over two nights in sub­ur­ban London. With the mer­cury dip­ping be­low 50 Cel­sius at nights, the di­rec­tor ac­knowl­edges that it will be a phys­i­cally de­mand­ing shoot.

“We kick off with an elab­o­rate night se­quence that will be shot in the coun­try­side. Since it is cold in London at the mo­ment, I de­cided to start with the tough­est scene. I want peo­ple to com­plain most on the first day. In the case of Mubarakan (2017) too, I did the same,” laughs Bazmee, who has planned a 60-day start-to-fin­ish sched­ule in London and Leeds.

While multi-star­rers can be a chal­lenge, the di­rec­tor says he en­joys the cre­ative en­ergy on the set. “[In my sto­ries], ev­ery char­ac­ter is cru­cial to the plot. You take out one char­ac­ter and the film falls apart. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, en­sem­bles

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