An uninterrupted and successful shooting schedule in Darjeeling has resulted in a high spirited Barfee team. So much so that Writer-director Anurag Basu has decided on a music launch of the film in Darjeeling. This is for the first time that a Bollywood film music release is taking place in Darjeeling.
Basu had arrived in town on February 16, along with Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz, shooting for his romantic thriller Barfee. Basu has shot to fame with films like Murder, Gangster, Life in a Metro and Kites. Pritam is the music director of the film.
Talking to HT, Basu shared, “We will have a music launch for the film in May in Darjeeling. The whole team including the cast will be in Darjeeling for the music release. Barfee will have 6 songs." The film is slated for July 13, 2012 release.
The locales for the shoot include Tindharia, Bhotey Bustee, Hotel Windamere, Chowrasta and the Planters Club in Darjeeling. Shooting is scheduled to end in Darjeeling on February 29. While Priyanka had left Darjeeling on February 23 for Hyderabad where she is shooting for the film Krish; Ileana D'Cruz had left on February 25.
The Barfee shooting schedule in Darjeeling is till February 29 morning, following which the team along with Ranbir Kapoor will leave the Hills.
The decision to hold the music release in Darjeeling is a clear indicator of Basu burying the hatchet on earlier uncalled for incidents that had occurred in Darjeeling during Barfee's previous shoot schedule.
In June 2011, Basu had cancelled his shoot schedule in Darjeeling, owing to unmanageable crowds and inclement weather. A heated exchange of words had also taken place between the film crew and the crowd at the Darjeeling Chowrasta on June 16, 2011 had made matters worse. Kapoor and D’Cruz were shooting for the film in that spell.
Finally assurances from the District Administration of cooperation and a request by fellow Director Mahesh Bhatt, resulted in Barfee returning back to the Darjeeling Hills.