The Bollywood actor-director due of Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Basu arrived in Darjeeling on Wednesday to shoot for the comedy-drama Jagga Jasoos, roughly four years after the runaway success of Barfi.
For Kapoor, it was more of a home coming. He arrived to a warm welcome at the Windamere Hotel in Darjeeling on Wednesday afternoon and went about reliving the Barfi days. The management had reserved the Little Peppers suit for him. Hotel sources said Kapoor insisted on staying in this suite as he had put up in the same during the Barfi shoot.
The first thing Kapoor did on arriving was to order pork momos- the Tibetan delicacy that the actor is in love with. During the Barfi shoot, Basu and Kapoor had undertaken numerous late night trips to the famous eateries in town serving momos, craftily managing to evade the prying eyes of fans. “Jagga Jasoos is on an exciting subject. I as Jagga attended school in Darjeeling, hence we are here for the shoot,” stated Kapoor. The actor was all praise for the Queen of the Hills.
“It is calm, beautiful and with friendly people. It is also a great visual palate. The weather is excellent and I am looking forward to the shoot here,” remarked Kapoor. The film is being directed by Basu and is jointly produced by Basu and Kapoor.
“Dada (Anurag Basu) has a strong connection with Darjeeling. Whichever film he makes Darjeeling occupies an important part,” said Kapoor.
Barfi was a milestone in Kapoor’s career and won many national and international accolades. The film was shot extensively in Darjeeling in June 2011 and February 2012. The locations included Sukna, Tindharia, Chowrasta, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Station at Ghoom, Windamere Hotel, Keventer’s and Planters Club.
When questioned whether Darjeeling was lucky for the duo, Kapoor replied “Luck is an unknown thing hence it cannot be attributed to luck. I would say that it is love for Darjeeling that makes us come back.”
Basu spent the whole day scouting for shooting locales. Shooting starts from Thursday.
“It’s a six day shooting schedule in Darjeeling out of which I will be shooting for 4 days,” said Kapoor.
The film has already been shot in South Africa. “In Darjeeling town the film will be shot in Chowrasta, Bhutia Bustee and St. Paul’s School. The movie will be shot 3 days in Darjeeling town, 1 day at Mirik and 1 day at Sukna,” said Paras Chettri, line producer.
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The film is also scheduled to be shot in Morocco. The film stars Govinda, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Adah Sharma, in lead roles, and tells the story of a teenage detective in search of his missing father.
Reports say strained relations between Kaif and Kapoor have delayed the shoot. Kaif will not be shooting in Darjeeling.
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