Rangoon: Vishal Bhardwaj’s look east policy

  • Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2016 18:50 IST
Shahid Kapoor plays an INA soldier in Rangoon. (Rangoonthemovie/Facebook)

They finished work on their next film on Monday (April 18). Although shooting for the movie has been challenging for the makers, director Vishal Bhardwaj and producer Sajid Nadiadwala are glad that they managed to shoot it in Arunachal Pradesh.

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An insider from the production house says, “This film is among the few Bollywood projects that have been shot extensively in Arunachal Pradesh. It was difficult for the makers to get the permission to shoot in the state. Even tourists are required to fulfil a few official formalities to visit the northeastern state.” For instance, all international tourists are required to have a Protection Area Permit to enter Arunachal Pradesh, and all domestic tourists need to obtain an Inner Line Permit.

Though getting the permissions was difficult, Vishal and Sajid were keen to shoot in Arunachal, as the place offered the “perfect landscape” for the film, which stars Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan.

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When contacted, Sajid confirmed the news, and said, “It was not easy to get the permissions to shoot in Arunachal Pradesh. Since Vishal and I were clear that the state’s landscape would add to our vision, we did it. I am glad that our entire team feels that our efforts were worth it.”

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