Bollywood laps up Darjeeling again
#1 Jun 16, 2011
Darjeeling, June 15: Bollywood’s brush with Darjeeling, after almost a decade, today started from the charms of yore.
If the hill town had found a place in Bollywood’s imagination through a Sharmila Tagore-Rajesh Khanna song sequence Mere Sapnon Ki Rani Kab Ayegi Tu in the film Aradhana, which was extensively shot in the famed Darjeeling toy train, Anurag Basu started the shoot for Barfee by embarking on the same journey. Aradhana was shot almost three decades ago and Basu, the creator of well-acclaimed films like Murder, Kites, Gangster and Life in a Metro is replicating the Darjeeling of the 60s and 70s in which his protagonist Ranbir Kapoor will be playing “a Darjeeling boy,” according to Uday Mani Pradhan, production co-ordinator for the film in Darjeeling.
Ranbir stole the show at the Darjeeling Ghoom station, the second highest railway station in India, with an over enthusiastic crowd making it difficult for the crew to carry on with the shooting.
“Difficulties existed largely because of the over enthusiastic crowd. At times, it almost turned out to be unmanageable with people frequently coming in the frame. But we have made much progress today,” said a member of the team.
The production team tried hard to stop the crowd from taking photographs but it was a daunting task to stop the tourists and the local people.
If the crowd had come to see Ranbir, her co-star Illena D”Cruz, a Telugu actress making her Bollywood debut with the film, can take heart, for her fan base has definitely swelled in Darjeeling.“Ranbir Kapoor is what made me come here today. But I am now also a fan of the new star Leenaa,” said a coy Sharad Thami, clearly mispronouncing his new idol’s name.
The shoot at times virtually threatened to halt everything in Ghoom today, largely because of the swelling crowd. Huge traffic snarls on NH55 became the order of the day, but none was complaining. The charms of Darjeeling — the pervading mist, the British era-railway station and the hoot of the steam engine — seem to have bewitched everybody.
If the mass hysteria at the Ghoom station was any indication, the production team members have tough days ahead as shooting is scheduled to take place in Capitol Hall and Chowrastha, located in the heart of Darjeeling.
Asked about the itinerary, the member of the production team said:“Only the director is in the know of things. He will tell us only in the evening where the next shoot will take place as weather is a big factor.”
Basu is, however, determined to capture the nooks and corners of Darjeeling. Upon his arrival in Darjeeling on Monday, the director visited places like Bijanbari and Rangbull to find more locations. He will be shooting in almost a dozen places across Darjeeling, where more people will flock to have a glimpse of Priyanka Chopra, the heroine of the movie.
The toy train is expected to feature prominently in the film and Basu will be hoping that the DHR’s luck will rub on the film.
If Aradhana was a hit, so was Shah Rukh Khan starrer Raju Bangaya Gentleman in which King Khan had bid farewell to Darjeeling riding on the train.
Saif Ali Khan starrer Parineeta, which was shot in the toy train (though in the foothills of Darjeeling), had a song whose opening line in Nepali was: Kasto Mazaa hai railei ma, ramailo ukali orali (What fun it is to ride on the train, up and down from the hills to the plains). The film too was a hit and there was none in the crowd today who did not believe that Barfee would be a hit too.
#3 Jun 21, 2011
ARadhana was not just an ordinary hit film; it was a golden jubilee hit film of The Golden Era of the Original Superstar of Indian Cinema; which brought-
i) Birth of Original Superstar of Indian cinema with unmatchable performance level of high quality sensitivity
ii)First proof of Sharmila Tagore's high stature talent at a very young age
iii) First proof of Shaktida's talent of making high standard social family films
iv) Re-birth of Kishoreda's and his life long association with Kakaji as soul of each other.
So we can not compare Aradhana with SRK's or Saif's ordinary performance oriented poorly made films.
#4 Jun 23, 2011
Abhijit please chodho mee12
#6 Aug 15, 2011
Darjeeling is a lucky place. Any movie shoot in darj will be famous.
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