It’s all about the ‘real’ touch for Salman Khan. How else would you explain the brawny actor stepping out amidst a huge crowd to shoot a sequence for his upcoming film, Bodyguard?
Last week, during office hours, the actor went to Flora Fountain in south Mumbai and shot a scene for brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri’s film in the midst of a thick crowd.
"The crew was nervous as there was no security and the crowd was huge. It’s very difficult to camouflage a star. But Salman bhai, completely in character, managed to shoot smoothly," says a source.
To capture the shot, filmmakers had installed hidden cameras on top of buildings around the area. The scene required Salman to walk behind a woman as her bodyguard and mingle with the general crowd.
There was no unit member or security for Salman on the ground, to avoid attracting attention. "He completely merged in with the crowd. And once the scene was over, he drove away," adds the source. When contacted, Agnihotri seemed taken aback: "I’m surprised you found out about the scene. We wanted to keep it a secret." On being prodded further, he says, "Yes, we had planned this shoot to the T. The idea was to not use extras, but shoot with real people at an authentic location. It was a huge risk. But since Salman was involved, we could go ahead with it."
The other ‘real’ actor
Aamir Khan shot at the crowded Mohammed Ali Road for a scene in Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat. He arrived at the location on a bike wearing a helmet. Then, he walked amidst the big crowd till the end of the road. At the end of the shot, he got on to another bike and left the place after completing the shot.