The Capital seemed to be the favourite shooting location for Bollywood in 2011, with big films choosing the city as the backdrop for their cinematic stories.
From the end of last year through the month of January, actor Ranbir Kapoor and filmmaker Imtiaz Ali literally shifted to the Capital for the shooting of Rockstar. They filmed across the city, from Nizamuddin Dargah to St Stephen’s college. “What I like about the city is that it has many layers to it. There is no one particular place that you can point out as the essence of Delhi. For example, Karol Bagh is very different from Punjabi Bagh or Vasant Kunj,” Ali had said.
After shooting for their film Band Baaja Baaraat last year in Delhi, actors Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh were back in the city this year to shoot for Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl at Janpath and Central Delhi.
Last month, actors Arshad Warsi and Minnisha Lamba were in town to shoot the film Zilla Ghaziabad, which is being produced by Vinod Bachchan. Though the team had a great time shooting in the Capital, their stint at the Qutub Minar caused quite a flurry, as Warsi wrote on Twitter that the crew had to pay the authorities a bribe to continue with the shooting.
But that didn’t stop Bollywood superstar Salman Khan from making a beeline to Delhi for the shooting of his film Ek Tha Tiger a couple of weeks ago. Sallu was spotted filming scenes at India Gate and Rajghat.
The other films shot in Delhi include Jannat 2, Love Breakup Zindagi, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and actor Saif Ali Khan’s Agent Vinod. “Delhi is my favourite place to shoot in the whole world and it has the best hotels to rejuvenate after a shoot,” said Khan, while he was here in March.
Even Hollywood found its way to Delhi. Filmmaker Mira Nair was in the Capital with Hollywood stars Kiefer Sutherland and Liev Schreiber to shoot for The Reluctant Fundamentalist.