Director Rajesh Mapuskar is gearing up to shoot a sequence of his debut film, Ferrari Ki Sawaari, at the Lord’s cricket ground in London. It will feature an eight year old but no professional cricketers, many of whom have shot ad films and feature films there. The identity of the child actor is kept under wraps but a source close to the production reveals that they have permission to shoot at the stadium, on the pitch and the iconic dressing room over a two-day schedule.
The debutant director is excited about his Lord’s encounter: “In India, cricket is a religion. I have watched several matches played at the Lord’s. Replicating one of them for my film is a huge high.”
Recently, Akshay Kumar’s Patiala House (2011) was also shot at The Lords, The Oval and The Trent Bridge cricket grounds in England. But Khiladi Kumar shot with real-life cricketers who had made guest appearances in the Nikhil Advani-directed movie.
Ferrari Ki Sawaari is about a young boy who dreams of playing cricket at Lord’s, with Sharman Joshi playing his father. Reportedly, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra didn’t want to shoot the sequence against a croma screen with the iconic stadium digitally superimposed during post-production. Since he’s not known to compromise on creative aspects, particularly a pivotal sequence, the source reveals Vidhu decided to shoot at the Lord’s ground itself.