Yash Chopra’s 1979 hit, Kaala Patthar (starring Amitabh Bachchan) is still considered an iconic movie. A major part of the film was shot on a set that was made to resemble a coal mine. And now, almost 34 years later, director Ali Abbas Zafar is also set to recreate a coal mine for his upcoming Yash Raj Films (YRF) production, Gunday. Incidentally, a few months before Chopra passed away (October 21, 2012) he shared his experiences of shooting his movie with Ali Abbas.
“The last YRF movie that was shot in a coal mine was Kaala Patthar. Back then, a Hollywood team was flown in to supervise the shoot,” says a source close to the production house.
“Those discussions that Ali Abbas had with Yash sir in August 2012 were an invaluable resource to the makers while working on Gunday. Yash sir told him all about his experiences of shooting the coal mine sequences, which later became the guidelines for the sequences in Gunday. These scenes, in a way, will pay tribute to Yash sir.”
Rafiq Gangjee, spokesperson for YRF, adds, “This is indeed going to be a one-of-its-kind set (that is) being recreated for an action-packed sequence between Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) — two small time wagon-breakers and coal thieves, who become the most powerful mafia men in Kolkata. Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan are also part of this elaborate shoot (that’ll take place) later this month.