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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Kai Po Che! gets what Bond couldn’t

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 16, 2012
First Published: 11:52 IST(16/5/2012) | Last Updated: 19:02 IST(16/5/2012)

A few months ago, rumours were rife about Hollywood superstar Daniel Craig shooting part of his new Bond film, Skyfall, at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad. Apparently, the film’s production team including director Sam Mendes and production assistants visited the place for a recce.

But it’s believed that they didn’t get the necessary permissions to shoot in the Ahmedabad suburb that is home to Mahatma Gandhi’s iconic Sabarmati Ashram. But what James Bond couldn’t achieve seems to have been attained by the Kai Po Che! team.

Director Abhishek Kapoor’s crew has received the permission they need to shoot in Sabarmati. They may also shoot around Gandhi’s famous ashram. Apparently, a sequence involving a cricket match will be shot at Sabarmati stadium.

“Our line production team got the requisite permissions within a few days of applying for them. We were very keen to shoot there. Since the story is set in Ahmedabad, what’s better than Sabarmati to show the rich culture of the state?” asks a unit insider.

Kai Po Che! is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s best-selling novel, The Three Mistakes Of My life.When contacted, Manish Hariprasad, creative director, UTV (the producers of the film), confirms: “Yes, we will be shooting in Sabarmati, in the stadium as well as in other places in Gujarat. The administration has been very supportive in giving us permissions to shoot in the best of the locations. Besides, the locals have been helpful and welcomed us as their own guests.”

The film stars TV show Pavitra Rishta’s Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh of TV serial Kyun Hota Hai Pyar fame and Rajkumar Yadav of Ragini MMS fame.

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